#KobeRIP:How sports stars, celebrities paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna

NBA Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, 41, has died in a crash of his private helicopter in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

  • NBA Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California , on Sunday.
  • His eldest daughter, Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant, was also killed in the accident, per TMZ and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • US President Donald Trump was among the first to take to Twitter to express his shock at the untimely death of the Basketball star.

TMZ has confirmed that his eldest daughter, Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant, was also killed in the accident. She was 13 years old.

The report showed that Bryant was in his private helicopter with about nine people when it started to crash.

Bryant, was a five-time NBA champion and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times.

He who retired in 2016 after a 20-year career with the LA Lakers.

Following his death, sports stars, celebrities among others have shown their shock to the news and have, hence paid tribute to his family.

"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

Here are some comments from celebrities after Bryant death:

Shaquille O'Neal, a retired professional American basketball player said:

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States in his tweet noted that:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers also said:

Donald Trump, the 45th and current President of the United States said:

Magic Johnson, an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association said:

Michael Jordan, an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association shared on his timeline that:

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