World Reacts to Kobe Bryant's Tragic Death

January 26, 2020 - 3:50 pm

The world was shocked by the reported tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna along with seven others in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

Bryant was a ubiquitous figure in the sports and pop culture lexicon from the mid-1990s throughout the first decade of the 21st Century, reflected in the breadth of responses pouring in throughout the day from around sports, entertainment, media, and politics.

President Trump and former President Obama spoke out with remarks that were very on-brand:

Current and former Lakers players were among the many who paid tribute to the franchise icon, while LeBron James was apparently devastated upon learning the tragic news after his flight landed:

Others in the NBA community relayed their grief, including Commissioner Adam Silver and league icons Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen:

Head coaches Doc Rivers of the Clippers and Lloyd Pierce of the Hawks were overcome with emotion:

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