The retired N.B.A. star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, Calif. Confirmed report also says a college baseball coach and his wife and daughter were also killed.
Bryant was among the passengers traveling on-board the helicopter. Nine people died in the crash, including the pilot, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, during a news conference.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it sent a team to California on Sunday evening.
Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County fire chief, said the crash site was difficult to access and that fire-fighters had to hike to the area
Leaders, his fans and entire world continues to react and sending their condolences to the bereaved families.
Former U.S President, Barack Obama tweeted, few hours after the sad news.
Barack Obama (@BarackObama)
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.
George Weah, Liberian President had this to say:
It is with great sadness that I’ve learned of the passing of Basketball legend Kobe Bryant & his young daughter Gianna. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his wife and surviving children, the National Basketball Association – most especially the Los Angeles Lakers organization for the loss of their loved one, friend and colleague.
This is not only a sad day for them, but for the entire sports world, as we are all devastated by this tragedy. This is a poignant moment for all of us sports enthusiasts; as the world has lost a great soul whose legacy will live on and serve as an inspiration for generations to come. The death of Kobe has left an indelible mark in our hearts, and he will truly be missed.
I would like to also extend my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the families of the others that died as a result of this crash. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, Kyandodo East MP – Uganda, said:
Waking up to the devastating news about the death of the Basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was not only a giant in sports, he was also a towering example of excellence in every sense. The world is certainly poorer without him. As any parent would understand, it is even more tragic and heartbreaking that he died with his daughter. May his soul rest in power.
Christano Ronaldo, Juventus player
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💔
Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal player.
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend.
A true sporting icon. A legend among legends. An incredible legacy. Kobe Bryants transcended sports and will never be forgotten. RIP, Kobe.
We’re deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.