One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant died on January 26. The legend of the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a helicopter accident in Calabasas, a city located in California (USA). He died at the age of 41. The causes of the accident have not yet been revealed, but videos show the aircraft already on the ground, on fire.
According to the publication, Kobe was on his way to the Mamba Academy (basketball academy on the outskirts of the city of Thousand Oaks) to train when the helicopter, which belonged to him, crashed. All five people on board died – including one of the athlete’s daughters, 13-year-old Gianna.A
And many rockstars reacted to this tragic death, of one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Rockstars reaction to Kobe Bryant’s death
Creedence Clearwater’s Revival singer John Forgerty shared a 90s photo of his daughter with Kobe and said: “Deeply saddened by the loss of a legend, Kobe Bryant, pictured with our daughter in the 90’s. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes reacted saying: “https://www.instagram.com/p/B7y-_K2hmMQ/Devastated. Gone too soon . RIP @kobebryant & his daughter Gianna. All love to Kobe’s family and the @lakers, and to all sports fans globally. A pleasure and a joy to see him play with the @lakers @staplescenterla .”
The legendary Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson also lamented saying: “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.”
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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.
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Classic Rock musician, Rick Springfield said: “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.”
Kiss’ Paul Stanley also paid tribute to the basketball player, saying: WOW! Kobe. Such A Shock. My Condolences To His Wife And Children. Very, very sad.
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Initially, the ex-player’s wife, Vanessa, and the couple’s other daughters – Natalia (17), Bianka (3) and Capri (7 months) were not in the helicopter Kobe was in the habit of traveling with his own aircraft. He did this for years, especially when he was still playing for the Lakers.
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 26, 2020
For those of us who Bleed Green, @kobebryant was one Player we loved to hate but, always always Respected & Admired! His Game was Ferocious! My heartfelt condolences to his Family… #Legend @Lakers @celtics pic.twitter.com/hDAVrEL4BW
— Gary Cherone (@garycherone) January 26, 2020
Devastating news this morning. My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the entire Bryant family at this painful time.
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) January 26, 2020
As a longtime Angeleno, Kobe was a huge part of our lives. A true warrior and legend. Blessing to his friends and family. Devastating.
— Robbie Robertson (@r0bbier0berts0n) January 26, 2020
I love you Kobe
— Flea (@flea333) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant Career
It is no exaggeration to say that Kobe Bean Bryant was one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. He appeared in the Los Anegeles Lakers in 1996. The winger played his entire life on the California team. Throughout his career, he won five NBA titles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010) and two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012). In addition, he was elected the MVP (most valuable player) of the NBA regular season in 2008 and the league finals in 2009 and 2010 – no wonder, he had the two numbers he used (8 and 24) retired by the Lakers.
Eighteen times chosen for the NBA All-Star Game, Kobe scored 33,643 career points – the fourth highest mark in NBA history. He occupied the top 3 until last Saturday, when, curiously, he was overtaken by LeBron James.
Even off the court Kobe Bryant was awarded. In March 2018, the former player won, alongside animator Glen Keane, the Oscar for best animated short film for “Dear Basketball”. He was the author of the script and also the narrator.
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