May they rest in peace

Last night, legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant tragically passed in a helicopter crash in California along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

The 41-year-old is considered one of the best basketball players, with a career spanning 20-years with the LA Lakers.  Bryant retired in 2016 and was a five-time NBA champion and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times. According to reports from KABC-TV and TMZ, Bryant and his daughter were among the five people killed in the crash, which is now under investigation. The athlete shared four daughters with wife Vanessa Bryant.

After the tragic news was announced, several sport stars and celebrities took to social media to pay their tribute:

Shaquille O’Neal

The former basketball player won three NBA titles with Bryant for the LA Lakers.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Former LA Lakers player and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer posted a video on Twitter saying: “It’s very difficult for me to put in words how I feel. Kobe was an incredible family man, he loved his wife and daughters, he was an incredible athlete, he inspired a whole generation. This loss is hard to comprehend.”

Barack Obama

Ellen DeGeneres

Cristiano Ronald

Lionel Messi


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The iconic footballer took to Instagram to pay tribute, writing: “I have no words… All my love for Kobe’s family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. You were a genius like few others.”

Taylor Swift

Kim Kardashian

Leonardo DiCaprio

A tragic loss

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