NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday, the NBA confirmed. Bryant was 41, and his daughter was 13.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed nine people were killed in the accident.
TMZ first reported the news.
The sports and NFL world grieved the shocking news and took to Twitter to honor Bryant.
Tonight we mourn the loss of a legend in Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 27, 2020
Our players were touched, inspired and appreciative of the wisdom he shared with us in Dec. of 2018. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the victims of today’s tragedy and their families. pic.twitter.com/AI0sOm1OWI
Kobe was an iconic athlete, basketball legend and one of the all-time great competitors in sports.— John Elway (@johnelway) January 26, 2020
My prayers go out to the Bryant family and all the families of the other passengers who lost their lives today.
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
Devastated. Hearing of the death of Kobe & Gianna is too much to bear.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 27, 2020
A legend. A champion. An icon. A friend.
You were a generational talent on and off the basketball court who transformed & inspired millions, including me. Gone way too soon...we miss you brother. pic.twitter.com/8qxSwAv0sq
Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Kobe Bryant and those who tragically lost their lives today. Kobe’s accomplishments will live forever. But more importantly, he was a father, husband and friend who made a difference in the lives of so many. He will be greatly missed.— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 26, 2020
Can’t be true.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 26, 2020
Just can’t be.
Truly truly horrific.
Rest In Peace Kobe.
None of this feels real. It was so hard to walk out on the field & play football today. Had a lot of tears. A man I watched every single day growing up is gone. I don’t even know how to deal with this. I’m praying for everyone, especially the Bryant family. This is devastating. pic.twitter.com/2gRTcw9V3a— Jamal Adams (@Prez) January 26, 2020
Came in as the next Jordan. Left as the one & only @kobebryant . The you for blessing us with the Mamba mentally. The mentality to conquer everything. Not just on the court. Community, business, family & basketball. Forever the mamba mentally will live in me & through me. RIP 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/xfKex9X5qA— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) January 26, 2020
Life’s way too short.— Jamal Adams (@Prez) January 26, 2020
My favorite athlete of all time is gone...
Kobe you were my idol... period. Mentality through and through. Thank you. To your family, I wish y’all nothing but the very best. Prayers and thoughts with you don’t begin to describe what we want for y’all. Love and respect to #8 & #24 forever. #MambaMentality #Mamba— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 26, 2020
So sad to hear of Kobe’s passing. We lost a legend. Praying for his family, friends and all of his fans. I believe his Mamba mentality will live on with all those he inspired.— kirkcousins8 (@KirkCousins8) January 26, 2020
Just met Kobe while training at his facility for the NFL. RIP to a legend. Gone too soon 🐐— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) January 26, 2020
Damn Kobe. You sparked the mind of every competitor. You made us all dig a lil deeper.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) January 26, 2020
My prayers go out to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and to the families of all those involved in this tragedy. May God bless all of you.— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) January 26, 2020
Today I lost my hero...— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) January 26, 2020
What a sad day today. @kobebryant you’re a legend. I remember being in the front row of a Celtics-Lakers game & u came by shouting my name. It put a huge smile on my face- such an honor to be recognized from the greatest. You’ll be missed. Sending my love & prayers to your family pic.twitter.com/LLcDv9VKLT— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 26, 2020
“... leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.”— panther king (@RussellOkung) January 26, 2020
Kobe was much more than his accomplishments on the court, but in how he challenged every task!
Mamba Mentality! Thanks for blessing me! pic.twitter.com/UYogfiX3uv
From your love of your hometown of Philly to your competitiveness in everything to your legendary career to your Mamba Mentality to the speech you gave our team to how you were the definition of a true leader & man... RIP to a Legend, @kobebryant. 🐍 #MambaForever— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) January 26, 2020
Thank you Kobe for everything you gave us both on and off the court. Your legacy will live on forever in the hearts of millions. Truly one of a kind. Praying for his family, loved ones, and everyone involved. Rest In Peace Mamba— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) January 26, 2020
Heartbroken and still in disbelief...Rest in Power to Kobe and Gianna. God please cover his wife and other daughters. Praying for strength for them in this tragic time. Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them. This life of ours is way too short 💔 pic.twitter.com/VoBrWoBxtn— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) January 26, 2020
I just met Kobe last wednesday, was in his office talking about our books and how everyday in life is a grind. I don’t believe this.— James Conner (@JamesConner_) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe Bryant 😔— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) January 26, 2020
I’m crying like we lost family, because we did.
For a lot of the athletes of my generation, Kobe taught us to compete. Kobe taught us to go earn what we want. Kobe taught us to love the process.
Love you Mamba. Prayers to his family. pic.twitter.com/bahyG5rydE
Sad we lost a sports icon so early RIP Kobe Bryant 😪— Dante fowler (@dantefowler) January 26, 2020
Just talked to Mike Vick, who knew Kobe from his days in Philly, who said he’s still in disbelief. “Heart sinking” is how he described it. In talking to several people around both teams benches, seems that word has spread to the players and coaching staffs about the Kobe news.— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) January 26, 2020