Today is a tough day for sports fans.
The sporting world is still reeling from the news of the tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California that took the lives of several people, including former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
— Ian (@hyamnicacio) January 26, 2020
— Evan Closky (@EvanClosky) January 26, 2020
Bryant was recently in the spotlight for congratulating current Los Angeles Laker LeBron James for passing him for third on the NBA all-time scoring list. But Kobe’s impact measures all the way to the world of mixed martial arts.
Many fighters and personalities shared their condolences and memories of “The Black Mamba.”
Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. pic.twitter.com/BHBPN5Wq8V
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 23, 2017
RIP Mamba 😢 https://t.co/pmHZIhVAPi
— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) January 26, 2020
No way. So sad 🙏🏼 https://t.co/xZNIXCg4c1
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) January 26, 2020
— danawhite (@danawhite) January 26, 2020
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) January 26, 2020
The Dallas Cowboys join the rest of our world of sport in mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and all of the lives lost today. Sending our deepest sympathies to their families and friends. pic.twitter.com/S7xdiPbTSo
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 27, 2020
A hero, an idol, a legend.
The loss of Kobe Bryant left our locker room hurting tonight. pic.twitter.com/MwPBLy0v11
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 27, 2020
DeMar DeRozan grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant and spoke about his passing. pic.twitter.com/zxIJgcBW3j
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 27, 2020
Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, and Capri Kobe Bryant.