World Reacts As Kobe Bryant Dies at 41
By Olamide Fadoju
NBA legend Kobe Bryant is dead. The 41-year-old, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others were involved in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, Califonia on Sunday, December 27.
Kobe who spent all 20 years of his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers was hugely influential in the sports and entertainment scene. His death has continued to evoke reactions from every corner of the world.
US President Donald Trump in a message sent his condolences describing Kobe as one of the world’s greatest basketball player.
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
.....Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Former US President, Barrack Obama likewise expressed admiration for Kobe and sent his love to the family at this difficult time.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Basketball great and former teammate of the deceased, Shaq O'Neal sympathized with the family of both Kobe and other passengers on the fatal flight.
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
In the football world, Barcelona and AC Milan, two clubs Kobe supported in his lifetime joined many other clubs to mourn the former basketball player.
We have no words to express how shocked we are to hear of the tragic passing of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time and Rossonero fan, Kobe Bryant. All our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this tragic accident. You will forever be missed, Kobe 🙏❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/FOd365chEL— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 26, 2020
Footballers who were great admirers of Kobe also paid their tributes:
RIP LEGEND 😭🇺🇸🙏🏽... pic.twitter.com/kEQ99cRohO— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe.— Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) January 26, 2020
My thoughts go out to your family. 😥 pic.twitter.com/iFBdfayBXQ
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend💔 pic.twitter.com/qKb3oiDHxH— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 26, 2020
On the entertainment scene American rappers, Kanye West and Lil Wayne who were both fond of Kobe also mourned his loss.
Kobe, We love you brother.We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave pic.twitter.com/pxbgLOOmpY— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
We lost a King. 824— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 26, 2020
Back home in Nigeria, music superstars Wizkid and Davido amongst other celebrities also took to Twitter to express sadness at Kobe’s demise
💔short life— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) January 26, 2020
RIP KOBE BRYANT 😭❤️— Davido (@davido) January 26, 2020
MamBa RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/IJLKYcUeXb— D'banj D Kokomaster (@iamdbanj) January 26, 2020
Hearing Kobe died just has to be the craziest news i didn’t see coming this soon.— T.E.S.L.I.M (@VectorThaViper) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace kobe Bryant.
You added to the value I saw in myself as a black man in this world where being me is hard.
Get my kobe on
Then get my dopey on.
Thank you for being an inspiration.