Basketball ace Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old Gianna Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday near Los Angeles. Mourning his death, Bollywood celebrities shared heartfelt messages on social media.
Sunday morning witnessed the death of one of the most-celebrated basketball player in the world. NBA’s all-time legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. The 41-year-old sports player, his 13-year-old daughter along with seven other passengers including the pilot were killed in the accident that happened near Calabasas, California. Kobe would prefer travelling to locations for his matches on his private chopper to avoid the infamous Los Angeles traffic.
This time the chopper Sikorsky S-76 foggy hit foggy weather hilly region in Calabasas, California that is about (65 km)away from central Los Angeles. This sparked a brush fire which ultimately caused the plane crash.
Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas says an investigation will extend throughout the week. It appears visibility may have played a factor in the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend #KobeBryant and eight other passengers in #Calabasas this morning.
— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSRadio) January 27, 2020
As per reports, Kobe and daughter Gianna were travelling to Thousand Oaks for a basketball tournament that Kobe was due to play. The cause of the plane crash hasn’t been discovered yet but dedicated teams are constantly working to resolve the issue and prevent such happenings in the future.
The NBA games on Sunday were interrupted with minutes of silence to mourn the death of the iconic star. Celebrities from all over the world have shared condolences and support for the grieving family. Bollywood celebs like Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Vishal Dadlani took to their social media channels to share heartfelt messages for the 41-year-old basketball player.
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Kobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. You are in my thoughts. Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other family and pilot in the accident. Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. 💔 #RIP #KobeBryant #RIPMamba
Priyanka even dedicated her Grammy Awards look to Kobe Bryants as got Kobe’s 24 number inked on her nail. She shared the photo on her Instagram Stories with caption’#RIPMamba’.
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Speechless… The world has lost a Legendary Athlete R.I.P The 'Black Mamba' of Basketball, Kobe Bryant along with his daughter, Gianna who tragically lost their lives in a Helicopter crash on their way to coach his Daughters team in California yesterday… My Heart goes out to their Family 🙏🏽 What you have done for so many kids including my niece whom you inspired to play basketball every day of her childhood, may you both comfort each other in Heaven… Love & Prayers 🙏🏽
This can't be true!
Just read about #KobeBryant 's passing in a chopper crash. 🙁
What a champion! Certainly one of the greatest of all time. @kobebryant your path and your memory will inspire a million kids to play basketball.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 26, 2020
Besides Bollywood celebrities, Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli also took to his Instagram to share a message for Kobe Bryant, popularly known as Black Mamba.
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Absolutely devastated to hear this news today. So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court that I would be mesmerized by. Life is so unpredictable and fickle. His daughter Gianna passed away too in the crash. Iam absolutely Heartbroken. Rest in peace. Strength and condolences to the family 🙏
The sad incident has sent shock waves around the world. Former US President Barack Obama too expressed his grief through a post on Twitter. Football star Cristiano Ronaldo also shared a sad note on the untimely demise of his fellow sportsperson.
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
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
Fans have been appalled and in a state of utter disbelief as they find it hard to come to terms with the loss of Kobe’s life. The social networking sites are exploding with all the good words about now-dead Kobe Bryant. #RIPMamba, #BlackMamba, #KobeBryant and #KobeRIP have been trending on Twitter since yesterday.
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