The music world is reeling from yesterday's (January 26th) death of NBA legend, former Laker Kobe Bryan, who was killed in a helicopter crash at age 41. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna, was among the nine passengers killed in Calabasas, California. Bryant, who played his entire 20-year-career for the L.A. Lakers, retired in 2016.
Friends and fans of Kobe Bryant took time out to post their condolences and emotions across social media:
John Fogerty: “Deeply saddened by the loss of a legend. We are thinking of his family and everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy.” Gene Simmons: “Rest in peace Kobe… you were one of the greatest. God rest his soul and give his family strength during this difficult time. Gone too soon” Paul Stanley: “WOW! Kobe. Such A Shock. My Condolences To His Wife And Children. Very, very sad.” Brian Wilson: “Some of the most fun times I’ve had with my family has been going to Lakers games, so it is so shocking and so sad to hear about Kobe Bryant. Love and mercy to Kobe’s beautiful family. I just heard Kobe’s daughter Gianna was on board. Such a tragedy, too sad.” Al Jardine: “This is truly heartbreaking — our thoughts are with Kobe's family, friends and fans, as well as with the other four's loved ones who lost their lives. We've lost a legend.” Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: “Heartbroken for Vanessa Bryant and the girls – my heart and healing light during this time of unimaginable tragedy.” Cher: “My Heart 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. The world Has Lost a Bright Light” Flea: “I love you Kobe.” Lenny Kravitz: “Always legend” Robbie Robertson: “As a longtime Angeleno, Kobe was a huge part of our lives. A true warrior and legend. Blessing to his friends and family. Devastating.” Rick Springfield: Kobe. His greatness was such a big part of our lives. It’s devastating. May his and Gianna’s spirits soar. Love and peace to the Bryant family.” Bret Michaels: “Devastating news this morning. My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the entire Bryant family at this painful time.” Gary Cherone: “For those of us who Bleed Green, kobe bryant was one Player we loved to hate but, always always Respected & Admired! His Game was Ferocious! My heartfelt condolences to his Family.” Vernon Reid: “Shocking. Crazy. Too young. pretty much says it. Tragic. Bad day for the nation.” Billy Idol: “KobeBryant RIP” David Coverdale: “David Coverdale. Oh No!!” Mariah Carey: “RIP KOBE, SO SAD, SUCH A SAD DAY N SAD NEWS, WE LOVE U”