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Local And International Personalities Express Their Sadness Over Kobe Bryant's Death

The basketball legend and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on Sunday

Local and international personalities took to social media to pay tribute to former Los Angeles Laker player Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday, January 26. His daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, also passed away in the accident.


The 41-year-old kicked off his basketball career in 1996 and brought it to a close in 2016, emerging victorious in five championships and scoring 60 points in his last game vs Utah Jazz. With his power moves, mental toughness, and winning mindset—the "Mamba Mentality" he embodied on and off the court—the pro athlete became an inspiration to many people in the sports world and beyond.

Here’s how some notable personalities reacted to the loss of the NBA legend:

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant: “The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”

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Bianca Gonzalez-Intal

Sarah Meier

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I could talk to you about anything. Anywhere. For hours. You did the unthinkable; let your guard down and let me in. Over six years, you mentored me, challenged me, sat and listened to me without breaking eye contact, no matter where in the world we were; no matter how many hundreds of people were trying to get your attention. And every time it was time to catch a flight and say peace, you’d shake your head and say the same thing—“You’re the roundest square I’ve ever met.” The only pictures I have of us are at work, but it wasn’t ever work. Nor was it play. It wasn’t like or love. It wasn’t brotherly or social. It just was. You told me you’d go out on top. Didn’t think you meant this. Rest well, Kobe. My heart is breaking for your family. But I gotchu, and will live the fullest in gratitude with mine. 🖤🐍⏺

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Laureen Uy

Chie Filomeno

KC Concepcion

Chris Tiu

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I am still in shock and in disbelief. This is truly heartbreaking. As the tributes come in, I also want to share a bit how Kobe has been an inspiration to me just as he has been to countless others across generations and continents. When times get tough and I want to give up or take it easy , I would think “what would Kobe do?”. Thank you Kobe for teaching us to be relentless in pursuit of excellence and reminding us that it is not about success , but the process. For reminding us that we only lose when we give up, not just on the court but including relationships. You showed us you are human too and make mistakes, but with humility, sincerity, repentance and faith in God, we can get back on the right track. And above all your achievements, you reminded us that it is LOVE for the family that ultimately matters. And we should cherish every moment of it. We will miss you Kobe. Thank you Lord for giving us Kobe Bryant and allowing us to witness Greatness! May he and the other victims rest in peace. Our prayers go out to their families as well 🙏 #mamba #Kobe

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Camila Cabello

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I’ve never been much of a sports fan but Kobe Bryant was a hero to me and it was his words and way of thinking and living that lifted me up during times where I felt like I couldn’t get off the ground. When I was 16 and going through what felt like an excruciatingly painful period in my life, I first saw Kobe’s MUSE documentary, and the mamba mentality is the only thing got me through every single performance. He was fighting inner demons, and so was I, and the way he used them to fuel his game on the court made me feel like I could use them to fuel me onstage. At my weakest moments I would channel a different person like he did, because when I felt broken and lost offstage, he taught me how to use my own pain, he taught me how to access strength I didn’t know I had, because on my worst days, I thought of Kobe and suddenly I could do things I didn’t think I could do. I watched every interview, I read every quote of his, and I wish that he knew how many times he saved me, how many times he helped me access a champion in myself that I couldn’t have seen on my own, how many times he helped me use my own demons, how many times he taught me how to use pain to make me a better person, how many times he taught me by example about life by the way he carried himself and the way he saw things.... and I never got the chance to tell him this in person. I’ve watched only two basketball games in my life, but what Kobe did for me changed the course of my life. I can’t imagine how many people he did this for. His legacy will live on in the lives and minds and souls that he touched, he made his mark not only in the game, but in humanity itself. He is a hero to me forever. Mamba forever 💔#kobebryant #giannabryant #restinpeace 💔

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Bella Hadid

Tyra Banks

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Gigi Hadid

Kylie Jenner

Kim Kardashian

Kanye West

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The GOAT 🐐😭💔 #kobebryant #kanyewest

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🙏🏾 #kobebryant #kanyewest

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