Football stars and clubs expressed their sadness after the 41-year-old and four other people died in the crash on Sunday morning
The world has been shaken by the news that basketball legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41.
The former LA Lakers star along with at least four other people was flying over California when, according to TMZ, a fire started and caused the the helicopter to spiral and crash. Reports say nobody on-board the helicopter survived the crash.
Bryant, who has long been regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, won five NBA Championships in his illustrious 20-year long career with the Lakers. He was also an NBA All Star 18 times and was crowned the league’s Most Valuable Player among many other accolades.
The passing of the icon has left the sporting world in mourning, with many footballers and clubs expressing their grief.
The likes of Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, Australia and former Everton star Tim Cahill and USWNT hero Carli Lloyd were among those who took to social media to pay tribute to the world famous athlete.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kobe Bryant. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.
Forever a legend. pic.twitter.com/2lm4GFyJEB
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 26, 2020
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) January 26, 2020
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
Kobe Bryant visited PSG in 2017 and had a kickabout with Mbappe – he definitely had the skills pic.twitter.com/Ki5FTC68Md
— Goal (@goal) January 26, 2020
A true inspiration on and off the court. Gone way too soon. #KobeBryant
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) January 26, 2020
Such tragic news. RIP Kobe Bryant 🙏💐
— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) January 26, 2020
Rest in Peace, Kobe Bryant.
Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. #KB24
— ACF Fiorentina English 🧢 (@ACFFiorentinaEN) January 26, 2020
It’s a sad day. RIP to the legend KOBE BRYANT! Prayers for his loved ones!
— Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) January 26, 2020
— Fenerbahçe English (@Fenerbahce_EN) January 26, 2020
“On behalf of myself, the players and staff at AS Roma, we join the rest of the sporting world in mourning the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. Kobe was a true icon and our thoughts are now with his family and the families of all of the victims aboard that flight.”
Jim Pallotta pic.twitter.com/bsmBumeLpg
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 26, 2020
So so sad. RIP 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Q7rRnp5FwY
— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) January 26, 2020
Not Kobe man. 💔💔💔 This one hurts real bad man
— Maurice Edu (@MauriceEdu) January 26, 2020
What dreadful, dreadful news about Kobe Bryant. An all time sporting legend, taken in the prime of life. A gut wrenching loss for his friends, family and fans everywhere.
Rest in peace, legend. pic.twitter.com/5OAfOT1LB2
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 26, 2020
I’m sick to my stomach! This can’t be true 😢
— Miguel Ibarra (@Migue10Ibarra) January 26, 2020
The club would like to express its deepest condolences to his family and friends, to the @Lakers and the @NBA family after the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. RIP, legend. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/vKMHmzvK5Z
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 26, 2020
No me jodas!! Me he quedado pálido!! Mi pésame a su familia, amigos, al mundo del baloncesto y deporte en general! D.E.P Kobe 😥 pic.twitter.com/rhp3U2c9f5
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) January 26, 2020
— Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) January 26, 2020
Please NO! #KobeBryant
— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) January 26, 2020
Definitely one of my childhood idols growing up. Everyone wanted to be Kobe at one point in their life. RIP to a legend. 💔 🙏🏻
— Gregory Garza (@gmgarza4) January 26, 2020
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) January 26, 2020
Consternats per la mort de @KobeBryant, un esportista exemplar. La seva figura va transcendir les pistes de bàsquet. Una abraçada a la seva familia i èssers estimats. Descansi en pau. pic.twitter.com/keL0BNqICc
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 26, 2020