Many Across the US Mourn the Death of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and His Daughter: ‘An Unthinkable Day’

Many across the country are mourning the death of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after the news of the helicopter crash on Sunday.

Bryant, 41, along with his daughter Gianna, 13, were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. They were on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy, where the late former NBA star was going to coach his daughter’s basketball team at a tournament, as IJR reported.

Many offered a tribute to Bryant, including former and current professional athletes.

Describing his “shock” to the news, NBA legend Michael Jordan wrote in a statement, “Words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling.” Jordan added that Bryant “was like a little brother to me.”

See Jordan’s full statement below:

Check out some of the reactions below:

U.S. presidents also offered responses to the news of Bryant’s death.

President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the helicopter crash, writing, “That is terrible news!”

Additionally, former President Barack Obama expressed how “heartbreaking” it was for him and his wife, Michelle, to hear of the loss of Bryant and his daughter.

“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,” Obama wrote, adding, “Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”

Orange Coast College basketball coach John Altobelli, along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, were also among the nine people killed in the helicopter crash.


  1. Yes, he was a multimilionaire athlete. It’s sad he and his daughter died.

    Let’s not forget his controversies, including the rape accusations, before he becomes a saint.

    He was a fortunate human. That’s the best that can be said.

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