Ice Cube admits he wished the news of Kobe Bryant's death were fake, texting him in hopes of the NBA legend responding.
Everyone is still in disbelief that Kobe Bryant has tragically passed away. In fact, when news of the helicopter cash first came to light, people wished it was fake.
One of those who were stunned and refused to believe it was Compton rap star Ice Cube, who decided to text Bryant to see if he would respond.
A portrait of Ice Cube attending an event | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine
During an interview with ESPN on Thursday evening, Ice Cube opened up about the impact that Kobe's death has on the city of Los Angeles, their hometown.
"Kobe is some of the glue that holds LA together."
Indeed, this was proven true after thousands of fans flocked to the Staples Center and have been camping there for days since finding out about Kobe's death. Murals also started popping up in multiple parts of the city, and this has extended to other states and even countries that are halfway across the globe.
When asked who he first messaged after finding out about the gutwrenching news, Ice Cube revealed it was Kobe, because he believed that his friend would respond.
"Kobe. To see if he would hit me back. When I didn't get it back, you don't immediately start to worry because you know, it's Kobe. He always gets back sooner or later."
When he acknowledged that the news was indeed true, he couldn't sleep the entire night just thinking about the beautiful family that Kobe left behind.
Ice Cube is one of the many artists who reacted to Kobe and Gianna's death in disbelief, and a lot more had hundreds of questions running through their heads as to why this happened to such a kind person and his 13-year-old daughter.
Bryant was an inspiration to many because of his infectious laughter, hard work, and commitment to excellence. His words of encouragement often did not stay in court, which is why he is regarded as an influential person beyond basketball.
Kobe and GiGi Bryant, along with their helicopter pilot, were with some of GiGi's teammates, their parents, and assistant coach when their helicopter tragically crashed in Calabasas California.
The group was traveling from Newport Beach to Thousand Oaks California to attend a basketball clinic at the Mamba Basketball Academy, where GiGi played and Kobe coached. Unfortunately and painfully, they never made it to their destination.
The Bryant family celebrating the retirement of LA Lakers jersey numbers "8" and "24" to celebrate Kobe's 20-year career | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine
The world continues to mourn the loss of one of its great icons, his daughter, and peers, and it's a painful loss that might linger for a while.