'You were my idol': Fellow athletes, fans mourning loss of beloved basketball star Kobe Bryant

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CALABASAS, Calif. (WJW) — Professional athletes are mourning the loss of beloved basketball star Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

According to multiple outlets, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine killed when the plane went down in Calabasas, California. No one on board survived.

Shaq tweeted hours after the news was released, “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.


Magic Johnson tweeted his condolences to the “icon.”


Baker Mayfield of the Browns took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

“Kobe you were my idol… period. Mentality through and through. Thank you. To your family, I wish y’all nothing but the very best. Prayers and thoughts with you don’t begin to describe what we want for y’all. Love and respect to #8 and #24 forever.”

Browns player, Mack Wilson, shared his condolences as well.


Cavs’ Tristan Thompson shared his disbelief of the tragedy on Twitter and paid tribute to Kobe on Instagram.


— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020


Stipe Miocic tweeted the following:

 NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement on Kobe:

“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning.  He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary:  five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals.  But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.  He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”

Barack Obama tweeted late Sunday about Kobe’s legendary career court on the court:


Fans are also in shock as reports surfaced of Bryant’s death.

A makeshift memorial was started outside the Staples Center Sunday afternoon where the Grammy’s are being held.


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