Billy Ray Cyrus Shares His Thoughts about Kobe Bryant's Death after Tragic Helicopter Crash

Stephen Thompson
Feb 05, 2020
11:30 P.M.
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Country Singer Billy Ray Cyrus opens up on his grief as regards Kobe Bryant's death in an exclusive interview with "Pop Culture." According to him, things will never be the same.


The devastation that comes with losing someone can be profound, and Billy Ray Cyrus understands this. While speaking in an exclusive interview with "Pop Culture," the country singer expressed:

"Oh man, my heart is still on the ground. I'm physically and mentally sick. This one is going to be a tough one to get over."

Billy Ray Cyrus attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images


Billy further expressed that despite the death of Kobe, he was confident the NBA Legend would have wanted everyone to adjust and put in their best in whatever it is they found themselves doing.

Death has a unifying force. Billy also expressed the grief he felt saying:

"My heart, it's not going to be the same ... I'll tell you what, right now, we need to pick the victims and their families and be there for everybody."


The "Achy Breaky Heart" crooner mentioned that he heard about the death of Kobe, his daughter, and seven other victims when he was driving into Staples Center the night of the Grammy Awards.

Upon hearing the news, the 58-year-old singer said he felt sad and could not bring himself to be happy despite winning two coveted awards that night.

Despite his grief, Billy and his guitar joined forces with singer Lil Nas X and actor Sam Elliot for a Doritos commercial.

Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images


Billy then mentioned that Kobe's death was up there with the rest of some of the greatest, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, and President John F. Kennedy.

The famous father further alluded that the loss of Kobe had left a profound impact, not just on Hollywood stars honoring the beloved athlete, but worldwide. He said:

"He was such a great light in the world and has left a legacy of love and positivity that will shine forever."


Billy advised that the best way to carry on the legacy of Kobe and those that died was to ensure that people lived a life of impact by spreading positivity and love just as Kobe had done to those around him.

The death of Kobe and those aboard the helicopter came as a shock to the world and has left many with a deep sense of grief.

The basketball star who died on Sunday 26 January 2019 while flying to a special event at Mamba Sports Academy was with his 13-year-old daughter Giana and seven other victims.

Despite his grief, Billy and his guitar joined forces with singer Lil Nas X and actor Sam Elliot for a Doritos commercial airing during the Super Bowl.

He expressed that the shooting of the commercial was perhaps the best and coolest day of his life as he had the chance to take part in a collaboration that he called "a match made in heaven."