The world of sports took to social media to share their emotional reactions to the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
On Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff confirmed the shocking news that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among nine passengers who died in a helicopter crash in the hills near Calabasas, California.
The sports world has responded with personal tributes for Byrant and his family. In a message to his "brother" Shaquille O'Neal admits being sick with grief.
Warriors star player Stephen Curry, shared an emotional message for his former competitor, who he had always admitted to admiring and being inspired by, he wrote:
"A lot of questions right now. Our faith is being tested...but all I can say is thank you ?. May you and Gianna rest easy!"
While the cause of the crash is still being investigated, it is reported that the bad weather, as a result of fog, is more likely the cause, and mechanical failure is a less likely possibility.
Former Miami Heat player, Dwayne Wade broke down into tear sharing his grief, and called it one of the saddest days of his lifetime.
According to The New York Times, because of the rough terrains of where the helicopter crashed, it may take several days to recover the bodies. The roads leading to the scene have been blocked off to prevent visitors from entering.
Other victims of the crash included John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa.
Kobe Bryant and hugs his daughter Gianna Bryant as they watch the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships, at the Woollett Aquatics Center, on July 26, 2018, in Irvine, California | Source: Harry How/Getty Images
Another sports legend, Scottie Pippen expressed his shock over the tragic news, and shared a rare video of Bryant with his 13-year-old daughterGianna
, died in the crash. In a tweet hesaid:
"I'm stunned. Words can't even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day."
It is reported, Bryant and his mother Pam Bryant were not on speaking terms leading up to death. In 2013, they had a falling out after Pam and her husband Joe Bryant tried to sell some of his memorabilia without his acknowledgment.