Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant after reports surfaced that the basketball legend died Sunday.
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among five people killed when a helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu in Los Angeles County, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
The county Sheriff’s Department said all five people aboard were killed and that the investigation was continuing.
News of Bryant’s tragic death came as stars were gearing up for music’s biggest night: the Grammys.
The Grammy Awards are being held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, where Bryant played many home games for the Lakers.
The news came as a shock to celebrities.
“My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going through,” Taylor Swift wrote on Twitter. “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.”
“I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god,” Chrissy Teigen wrote on Twitter.
“Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb,” Teigen wrote.
Teigen’s husband John Legend shared the same sentiment, noting that one legend died while the Grammys was getting prepared to honored another.
“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,” Legend wrote.
“This can’t be real there’s no way!!! My heart hurts,” Khloe Kardashian tweeted out.
“Dreams and Nightmares” rapper Meek Mill was also stunned by the news.
“It’s not no telling what you gone wake up to nowadays,” he tweeted.
Drake also shared a photo to Instagram of a leather jacket with the words “Farewell Mamba” stitched on the back. He wore the custom jacket in honor of Bryant’s final NBA All-Star game in 2016.
“It can’t be,” he captioned the post.
Kevin Hart noted he just saw the NBA legend recently and couldn’t believe the news.
“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!!!!” Hart captioned a photo of Bryant. “#MambaMentality #RIP…. RIP to the other passengers as well as sending prayers to their families.”
Kris Jenner shared a photo of the former LA Laker and sent her condolences to his family.
“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.”
Reese Witherspoon tweeted out her condolences to Bryant’s family.
“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,” the “Legally Blonde” actress wrote.
Demi Lovato, who is taking the stage at the Grammys for her first live performance in almost two years, shared a touching tribute to the Black Mamba.
“This 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,” she captioned a photo of her and Bryant. “You’re a legend with wings now. RIP Kobe.”
Justin Bieber shared an old photo of him and Bryant to Instagram and expressed his disbelief.
“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!” Bieber captioned the photo.
Jimmy Kimmel also wrote a tear-jerking message to Bryant.
“He was great,charismatic & among the hardest-working athletes ever,but what impressed me most was how deeply-involved Kobe was with his 4 daughters. Pray for them, Vanessa, his parents & his fellow passengers’ families on this sad and shocking day,” Kimmel tweeted. “We will never forget you Kobe.”
Fellow late night host Trevor Noah expressed his grief on Twitter.
“Jesus this is heartbreaking,” he wrote.
Beyoncé’s proteges, Chloe and Halle, expressed their condolences for the late NBA player.
“Completely numb. RIP kobe bryant. praying for your family,” they tweeted Sunday.