NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash Sunday afternoon while traveling to Calabasas.
Five people were on the helicopter when it crashed and it is confirmed that all five people have died. The cause of the crash is being investigated but the shockwaves of this news are being felt throughout the entire sports world.
Several athletes have tweeted out their shock to the news.
Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
Just don’t have the words…. #Kobe
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 26, 2020
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) January 26, 2020
We all mourn the death of @kobebryant. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace. ????
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) January 26, 2020
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️????????????????
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
I honestly don’t know what to say. This is so fucked up. https://t.co/JPui4iuInz
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 26, 2020
The collective shock of the news has left the sports world paralyzed. Bryant was an icon of the NBA and became the new Michael Jordan for a generation of players. He ended his legendary career on the court with five NBA championships, two finals MVPs, the 2008 regular season MVP, an 18-time All-Star and a 15-time All-NBA player. Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and the couple’s four daughters.
This is one of the most shocking deaths in recent memory, Bryant will be remembered from his Momba mentality and deadliness when the game was on the line for the purple and gold.