Mourning Kobe Bryant’s Death: See Tributes from Bieber, Shaq, J-Lo and More

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Kobe Bryant, NBA legend and loving father of four, passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, on Sunday morning. He was 41.

His 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pictured above with her dad, and seven other people on board were also killed.

Gianna was a rising athlete herself. She and her father were on the way to a basketball practice when the helicopter encountered dense morning fog, dove into a mountainside and caught fire.

Witnesses report hearing a helicopter struggling before the crash occurred around 9:47 a.m.

Kobe and Gianna are survived by Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife of 19 years, and their three other children: Natalia (17), Bianka (3) and baby Capri (7 months).

The sudden tragedy has put the entire world in shock. Basketball players and beyond took to Twitter to express their sadness.

NBA Tributes to Kobe Bryant

Fellow NBA players took to Twitter to grieve the man they knew on and off the court.

Shaq, Kobe’s former teammate on the LA Lakers, spoke up with multiple sweet tributes:

Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers suggested the entire NBA retire Kobe’s two famous jersey numbers, 8 and 24:

Dwayne Wade was also sickened by the news, posting several tributes and even changing his profile photo to a sweet shot of Kobe and Gianna.

Entertainers React to Kobe’s Death

It bears repeating what you’ll hear about Kobe from now to forever: His impact stretched far beyond the NBA. His “Mamba Mentality” inspired people the world over to work hard and push yourself to succeed.

This is obvious in the way celebrities and regular Joes throughout every industry are responding to the devastating news.

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Family. As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him … this is the truth that rings out the loudest … family is what matters most. We are all feeling sadness from this loss, but all I can think of is that it is a grain of sand compared to what Vanessa must going through right now. I am sending all of my love and praying for you, your children and the other families involved in today’s tragic turn of events. The most unfair thing in life is to lose a child and husband on the same day. Vanessa, I pray for your strength and that God guides you each step of the way through this unimaginable heartbreak. To the other families who are suffering from this unthinkable tragedy, may God be with you all. Kobe you meant so much to so many and we will miss you forever. Thank you for your work ethic, your inspiration and your heart. #hero #legend #husband #father 😢🙏🏼💔

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Politicians Respond to Kobe Bryant’s Death

Even the leaders of our nation were impacted by Kobe’s passing.

We wish the families of all nine victims peace as they deal with this horrible tragedy.