RIP Kobe Bryant and Gianna: Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift and others pen emotional messages for the basketball legend


American basketball player and the champion of NBA Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. His daughter Gianna Onore Bryant, 13, also died in the accident. The two were among those killed when a helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu in Los Angeles County, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY. Fans and celebrities are putting out their kind thoughts and heartfelt messages on social media.

Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Gigi Hadid, Kris Jenner, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Mindy Kaling, Mandy Moore, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Anne Hathaway, Kendall Jenner and Barack Obama posted emotional messages for the legend after his tragic death. 


Family. As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him ... this is the truth that rings out the loudest ... family is what matters most. We are all feeling sadness from this loss, but all I can think of is that it is a grain of sand compared to what Vanessa must going through right now. I am sending all of my love and praying for you, your children and the other families involved in today’s tragic turn of events. The most unfair thing in life is to lose a child and husband on the same day. Vanessa, I pray for your strength and that God guides you each step of the way through this unimaginable heartbreak. To the other families who are suffering from this unthinkable tragedy, may God be with you all. Kobe you meant so much to so many and we will miss you forever. Thank you for your work ethic, your inspiration and your heart. #hero #legend #husband #father

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at loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family.

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I don’t have the words. Every ounce of my heart is with you, Vanessa.

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News of Bryant's tragic death came as stars were gearing up for music's biggest night: the Grammys. 

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