Hollywood reacts in shock as the details continue to emerge.
The website reports that the legendary NBA player and one of his four children were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday. 9 people are confirmed on board -- 1 pilot and 8 passengers -- during in the crash, and there were no survivors. John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife Keri Altobelli and daughter Alyssa Altobelli were also passengers. Sarah Chester and teenage daughter Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and the pilot, Ara Zobayan, were also killed in the crash.
Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa and the couple's three other children; Natalia, Bianca and Capri.
Bryant is considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. During his 20 year tenure with the Lakers he made 18 All-Star teams. The shocking news comes just after LeBron James surpassed Bryant as #3 on the NBA's all-time scoring list. In what will be Kobe's final tweet, he celebrated James by writing, "Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644." 33,643 points was Kobe's career total.
He also won an Academy Award in 2018 for the short film, "Dear Basketball."
As the news started to sink in, athletes, musicians and other celebrities began sharing their shock and condolences on social media.
Below are some of their tributes.
Shaquille O'Neal: "There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of loosing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you brother and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW!"
Magic Johnson: "As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken."
Barack Obama: Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
Tom Brady: "We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"
Kim Kardashian: "I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families of all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend"
Taylor Swift: "My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going through. Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight."
Kevin Hart: "This honestly doesn’t make sense....I just saw you man. This hurts my heart. God please place your hands on his family and help guide them thru this unbearable time. We love you forever man...Legends never die!!!! #MambaMentality #RIP.... RIP to the other passengers as well as sending prayers to their families. 🙏🏾"
P!nk: "My heart is absolutely broken today, hearing this news. I am sending light and love and prayers and healing to this beautiful family. 💔 'he or she who has loved and been loved, has lived' RIP"
Halle Berry: "There are no real words to convey the depth of my sadness. Love and strength to Kobe’s entire family and to the families of all who were lost in today’s crash."
Justin Bieber: "It can't be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!"
Demi Lovato: "his makes me so sad. Kobe you were always so sweet to me. Known you over 10 years.. not super well but we always joked about you coming over and playing that game of horse! You will he so missed by so many. You’re a legend with wings now. RIP Kobe 💔💔💔 update I just heard his daughter Gigi was also in the accident and it breaks my heart. This whole family was so sweet and now they’re in my prayers heavy. RIP Gigi beautiful girl."
Reese Witherspoon: "Just devastated to hear about #KobeBryant .💔An extraordinary athlete, and a genuinely kind, wonderful man. Sending love, prayers & compassion to his family. To his entire @NBA family as well."
Scottie Pippen: "I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day."
Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Kobe was an icon on the court, a legend for the way he gave back to his community, and an inspiration to the world. I consider myself lucky to have witnessed both his talent and his big heart. My thoughts are with the Bryant family on this unthinkable day."
Jamie Foxx: "Gianna and Kobe REST IN POWER... 💔 Just can’t take this one. Sending up prayers to your beautiful family. This hurt for a lifetime... @kobebryant you will be missed for eternity. REST IN POWER"
The Rock: "Love is forever."
Dwyane Wade: "Nooooooooooo God please No!"
Paul Piece: "This is not real right now"
Chrissy Teigen: "I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god. Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.
Whoopi Goldberg: "RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson, extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family."
Ellen DeGeneres: "Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family."
Vin Diesel: "Heavy heart today... to the family, please know how much he impacted all of our lives and will live on in our hearts. Sending the deepest of condolences to all involved. Our prayers... for the family of this true hero."
Drake: "it can’t be"
Gigi Hadid: "This is too much. Rest In Peace and love together, legends. Growing up a Kobe fan brought so much joy to my life, like so many, and we were all so excited to see sweet Gigi play someday. Sending strength and my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and all the families affected by this tragedy."
Ciara: "This news is heartbreaking. I am lost for words. Praying for Vanessa and the Bryant family at this sad and difficult time. Rest In Paradise Young Legend. Heaven has gained another angel. 🙏🏽 "
Jimmy Kimmel: "So far 2020, you suck."
Kris Jenner: "Devastated by the news of losing our precious Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express our sadness. All my deepest love and prayers are with Vanessa and Kobe’s family at this time. 💔🙏🏼 I don’t have the words. Every ounce of my heart is with you, Vanessa. 💔"
John Legend: "I'm so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe"
Mariah Carey: "In shock right now. RIP Kobe 😢"
Fergie: "completely heartbroken and speechless. Sending all my love to vanessa, his kids , and the other families involved"
Jeremy Renner: "My heartbreaks for @kobebryant, his daughter, and the entire family. RIP to all of the passengers in this devastating tragedy. #rip #mamba"
Priyanka Chopra: "Kobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. You are in my thoughts. Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other family and pilot in the accident. Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. 💔 #RIP #KobeBryant #RIPMamba"
Kelly Osbourne: "What more can I say then I’m simply devastated. Kobe was a one of a kind. My thoughts and prayer go out to his family and loved ones."
Leslie Jones: "Omg I just can not believe this!! I’m just in tears. Damn @kobebryant my prayers go up for you and your daughter and love ones. I’m in tears right now damn!! #telltheonesyouloveyoulovethem"
Gal Gadot: "Rest In Peace legend."
Aaron Paul: "So damn heartbreaking! My god. Hold your little ones close everyone. Life is beautiful, magical, scary and so fucking fragile. Love to you and everyone you have touched. RIP you two. 💔"
Hailey Baldwin: "I don’t even know what to say other than I am devastated to the core."
Naomi Campbell "Heartbreaking Waking up this morning to hear that you and one of your Angels Gianna are gone is devastating for us all beyond any words. My deepest condolences to the beautiful Bryant family. May you Rise with the highest, and May your soul Rest in Power King 💔🙏🏾 #legend"
Quavo: "Rest In Paradise Kobe Bryant Praying 🙏🏾 For The Family I Hope Wake Up From This Nightmare Because This Can’t Be True! Saddest Day In Sports History. We Love U Big Bro."
David Arquette: "Thank you for everything @kobebryant - Our love and prayers go out to your family"
Niecy Nash: "Rip 🙏🏽💔 #KobeBryant Prayers for his family. I met Kobe & Vanessa at Russell Simmons’s house. I said 'what time did you guys have to leave Orange Co to get here on time'? They said 'we took a helicopter' Damn...."
The Game: "I’m heartbroken..... hurt. This is truly a sad day for Los Angeles, the game of basketball & the entire world. My heart is with Vanessa, those beautiful baby girls & the immediate family. Kobe, man..... thank you for everything over the years, especially the advice, short talks with my boys & all that you’ve contributed. I love you brother, you & GiGi rest well together #MambaMentalityForever 🐐"
Kylie Jenner: "at loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family."
Mandy Moore: "No words. Unfathomable and heartbreaking on every level. You don’t have to know someone personally to recognize their contribution to the world and their long lasting legacy as an athlete and a human. Thank you, Kobe. Sending all the love and prayers to Vanessa Bryant and their children."
Tristan Thompson: "I’m at a loss for words. I can’t believe this man. RIP Kobe and his daughter Gianna, it was a honor to be able to compete with you. Incredible player, even better person "
Tiffany Haddish: "This one is very painful. Rest in Peace King. I am praying for his Family. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾"
Bella Hadid: "I can’t believe this...Rest in Peace King.... thinking about Vanessa and their beautiful children during this time...."
Diane Kruger: "I am saddened to see a legend go too soon and as a mother myself I cannot even begin to fathom the grief and heartbreak @vanessabryant and her family and those of the other passengers on board are going through right now. Every day might be your last and even though I know we all deep down know this, I’m gonna take this opportunity to remind myself of this and rush home to kiss my daughter like it’s the last time and my love 😔"
Cynthia Bailey: "My God. Sending more prayers, love and strength to Kobe’s wife @vanessabryant, family and friends. I honestly don’t know what else to say. Just heartbroken by this news🙏🏽
RIP #kobebryant #giannabryant"
Vivica A. Fox: "DAYUMMN THIS HURTS! Just now able to compose myself to do a post for KING @KobeBryant and his BEAUTIFUL daughter #Gianna WOW! I remember meeting u at 18yrs old with ya fro and cheering u on for the 5 NBA Championships u won 4 LA! I will soo miss seeing u and ya daughter #Gianna at the @LASparks games and hearing YO VIV! turning to see the biggest smile n getting a big hug! I CANT BELIEVE YOUR GONE! FUCK! 😭😭 Thanks for leaving us with your gifts and being a GREAT basketball player and DADDY! U will NEVER EVER BE 4GOTTEN! Prayers up for ya surviving family! #GONETOSOON #RESTINPARADISE #BLACKMAMBA #LAKERS 🙇🏾♀️🙇🏾♀️ 💜💛🖤🙏🏽"
Marc Anthony: "When you shake hands with an ANGEL. Rest in peace my beautiful brother. May love and peace surround the families of all involved. Sooo sad. 💔 @kobebryant #24"
Pau Gasol: "Beyond devastated... my big brother... I can’t, I just can’t believe it"
Donovan McNabb: "Prayers and blessing to the @kobebryant family. Such a devastating time right now. A great friend, mentor to all,positive role model and teacher of the game. Words can’t express my feeling for him as a person, father and player. It hurts. RIP Black Mamba"
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant
Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
We can never forget how precious life is. How those who are special to you and never let them forget how deeply you love them— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 26, 2020
Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 26, 2020
Can’t be true.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 26, 2020
Just can’t be.
Truly truly horrific.
Rest In Peace Kobe.
I don’t believe it actually....it’s unbelievable, no way— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) January 26, 2020
Fuuuuccckkk... ugh— Loni Love (@LoniLove) January 26, 2020
I went to Kobe’s last game ..he dropped 60 points on 50 shots to hand the Lakers a 101-96 win at a raucous Staples Center... we went wild!! Thanks so much for some great memories Black Mamba.. condolences to his family especially Vanessa and his daughters #ripkobe pic.twitter.com/Cj5526iTTR— Loni Love (@LoniLove) January 26, 2020
Life is so fragile. My prayers and thoughts with the Bryant family and close friends. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏 Rest In Peace Kobe.— Apolo Anton Ohno (@ApoloOhno) January 26, 2020
My💔Goes Out To Kobe’s Family,Friends,Fans. It’s SO HARD To Deal With The Death Of a GREAT STAR,Because We Feel As If We Knew Them Personally.Kobe Bryant Was a GREAT ATHLETE,& All Of America Will Feel His Loss.— Cher (@cher) January 26, 2020
The 🌎 Has Lost a Bright Light ✨🌟✨.
This is heartbreaking. Rest In Peace Kobe.— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 26, 2020
This is heartbreaking. Absolutely devastating. My heart is with Kobe’s whole family. 💔— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) January 26, 2020
Fuckin terrible 😪— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 26, 2020
OMG. First heard about the a crash near where we live.— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) January 26, 2020
Now hear it’s Kobe Bryant. Who else are the others with him? So sad. In shock.
Condolences to his family, loved ones and all his fans. 😢 https://t.co/PiE4rfWTDG
So awful. 41 years old.— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) January 26, 2020
My condolences go out to the families of Kobe Bryant and all those aboard. https://t.co/wJYVMKDwjn
The collective feeling that there’s no way this can be true is a testimate to the colossal impact of Kobe. He’s a legend. A giant. It doesn’t seem possible that these things can happen to legends. Heartbreaking. Let’s be kind and respect his fam’s privacy. 💛💜💛💜💛— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) January 26, 2020
I'm literally shocked. Sending prayers and love to Kobe's family, especially Vanessa and their four daughters.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) January 26, 2020