On Sunday, the world lost one of the best basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. He was 41.
In light of the tragic news, celebrities — including Vanessa Hudgens, Chrissy Teigen, and Katie Holmes — flocked to social media to pay their respects to the sports star, his family, and undeniable athletic talent. During Bryant's 20-year career in the NBA, he won five championships, two Olympic gold medals, and landed 4th on the league's all-time scoring list.
Scroll below to read the heartwarming tributes in honor of Kobe's untimely passing.
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. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/kkRwtXa5Yc— Ciara (@ciara) January 26, 2020
The world lost a giant today— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant. Also praying for the other passengers that we lost and their families.
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 26, 2020
Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 26, 2020
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— John Legend (@johnlegend) 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
Shocked and saddened about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. His mantra was “live today to inspire tomorrow” and he inspired millions. My heart goes out to his beloved family. pic.twitter.com/f25D74QzR5— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 26, 2020
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.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 26, 2020
Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
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.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020