Barack Obama, Drake, Kanye West, and More React to Death of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41. 

Kobe Bryant attends a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks.

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Kobe Bryant attends a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks.

Kobe Bryantpassed away on Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41. 

Bryant's death sent shock waves throughout the NBA where he played for two decades for the Los Angeles Lakers, but his legacy extended well beyond the world of basketball. After his professional career came to a close, Kobe actively pursued his many interests, and received an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball, a film he wrote and narrated that detailed his love for the game. 

Kobe's competitive fire and success on the court was respected by everyone who knew him and had the opportunity to see him play, and his impact permeated music, pop culture, and practically every walk of life. On a day like today, celebrities around the world are mourning this tragic loss.  

Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020

😢😢😢😢😢 Kobe this cant be real!!!

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) January 26, 2020


— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) January 26, 2020

Long live the Mamba and Gianna. I pray God blesses his wife and family with divine comfort. This is beyond devastating. 🙏🏾🙏🏾

— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) January 26, 2020

I'm so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe

— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 26, 2020

Kobe was a real life super hero on that court & I’m sure he was one to his family. Sending love and prayers to them. This is heartbreaking.

— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 26, 2020

Sad 😞 Day Love u Kobe!! 🙏🏾Gigi

— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) January 26, 2020

An emotional Neymar dedicated his goal to Kobe Bryant tonight 💔🙏

— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) January 26, 2020

We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020

There are no real words to convey the depth of my sadness. Love and strength to Kobe’s entire family and to the families of all who were lost in today’s crash.

— Halle Berry (@halleberry) January 26, 2020

My heart is completely broken for Vanessa, the entire Bryant family, and all those on board. A father, husband, philanthropist, and one of California’s most brilliant icons, Kobe transcended sports.

Let's all hold those we love a little tighter today and every day.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 26, 2020

Kobe always showed up for us. He was there before 2015. He continued to be there after 2019.

We’ll miss you and we’ll miss Gigi. Rest In Peace, friend. We’ll carry that Mamba Mentality forever.

— U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (@USWNT) January 26, 2020

Tiger Woods reflects on the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 26, 2020

"We gotta celebrate Kobe's history and that's what I think a true champion would want." Rick Ross mourns NBA legend Kobe Bryant at the #GRAMMYs

— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 26, 2020

Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same.

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) January 26, 2020

I will remember Kobe as a basketball legend,a father& a man. Watching him&Gigi share their relationship with us is something I won’t ever forget. My heart aches for his wife, children& family. I hope the waves of love being sent to his family can ease some of the pain they feel.

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 27, 2020
I will remember you 24/8.

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TMZ caught up with several stars during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, and it was clear everyone was thinking about Kobe. Among the celebs that the outlet spoke with included JAY-Z, The Game, French Montana, Hilary Clinton, Swae Lee, Lil Kim, and Offset.

While JAY-Z didn’t directly say anything when asked if he had any words for Kobe and his family, he put his hand over his heart. The Game said to give “his love to Kobe, Gigi, and the family,” while Swae said, “RIP to a childhood hero.”

Kim said she’d “been crying all day. He was my favorite next to [Michael] Jordan. Kobe is in my heart. I love him so much.” When asked how the award show went, Offset said, “It was cool but with the loss of one of the greatest players of basketball. It sucked—that was constantly on my mind.”

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