Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time NBA greats — a legend even before he finally hung it up in 2016 — was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
He was 41 years old.
TMZ reported that Bryant was one of at least four passengers in the private helicopter flying over Calabasas, Calif., when a fire broke out and caused the chopper to fall from the sky, killing everyone on board.
Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was reportedly not among the victims, but apparently his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in the crash. Here’s a recent video of Bryant and Gianna together at a basketball game:
There was an outpouring of shock across social media, where Bryant’s last message on Twitter TWTR, -2.07% were words of congratulations for LeBron James, who’d just taken Bryant’s place as No. 3 on the NBA scoring list:
More than a million messages of heartbreak and remembrance blew up on social media as word of Bryant’s death spread around the globe.
From the sports world:
From show business:
From the political arena:
And from overseas:
Bryant was a Los Angeles Laker for two decades, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before his retirement in 2016.