This piece is being updated as new information comes to light surrounding the crash.
BREAKING: Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash https://t.co/42oINV9ZUU— TMZ (@TMZ)1580067151.0
The news comes as a shock to the NBA world where less than 24 hours ago LeBron James passed Kobe for the 3rd place on the all-time scoring list.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644— Kobe Bryant (@Kobe Bryant)1580009964.0
Kobe leaves behind a robust legacy of winning and accomplishment. Kobe and Gianna Maria are survived by his wife and three daughters, mom and three sisters. He inspired millions of people and every NBA player in a timeless way. The world will remember Kobe as a champion and one of the greatest to ever play basketball and will miss him dearly.
Many of Kobe's former teammates, opponents, and coaches are mourning this huge loss.
Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.— Kevin Love (@Kevin Love)1580067413.0
Nooooooooooo God please No!— DWade (@DWade)1580068204.0
We all mourn the death of @kobebryant. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace. 🙏— Tony Allen (@Tony Allen)1580068920.0
I don’t wanna believe it....u meant so much to the basketball community and to me as a person/player.....RIP KOBE https://t.co/jdH6c4ukdv— Mario Chalmers (@Mario Chalmers)1580069573.0
Please God don’t let this be real!! https://t.co/cOXyAehJgU— Donovan Mitchell (@Donovan Mitchell)1580067246.0
Man, this HURTS‼️‼️😢😢😢#Kobe https://t.co/egnO29er93— Penny Hardaway (@Penny Hardaway)1580071018.0
Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie & I are praying for Va… https://t.co/KDugjU9gaV— Earvin Magic Johnson (@Earvin Magic Johnson)1580077938.0
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother… https://t.co/aFAvD7oD7w— SHAQ (@SHAQ)1580075169.0
Beyond devastated... my big brother... I can’t, I just can’t believe it— Pau Gasol (@Pau Gasol)1580072429.0