Dwyane Wade, Tia Mowry & Other Celebrities React after Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Are Killed in Helicopter Crash

People from all over the world woke up to the news of Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi's death, and suddenly, everyone froze in shock. Soon after, heartbreaking messages and tributes from fans and colleagues alike flooded the internet. 

Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of basketball, Kobe Bryant has always been known to be one of the greatest NBA players to ever play the game. He is a Los Angeles icon, and he helped build the Los Angeles Lakers franchise to its greatness. 

That is why whether or not fans and colleagues rooted for Kobe in the past, they all mourn him and his daughter now that the tragic news of their death came to light. 

Bryant was on the way to a basketball camp with his second-eldest daughter Gianna when their helicopter crashed. 

Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi Bryant at a basketball game | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi Bryant at a basketball game | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

THE WORLD FROZE IN SHOCK

Bryant was an inspiration to many because of his infectious laughter, hard work, and commitment to excellence. His words of encouragement often did not stay in court, which is why he is regarded as an influential person beyond basketball. 

Still, in disbelief after what happened, Dwyane Wade wrote "Noooooooo God please No!" on his Twitter account, before quickly changing his display picture to one of GiGi and Kobe hugging one another. 

REALIZING THAT LIFE IS FRAGILE

Celebrities then came rushing with tributes in hopes of expressing the pain they feel over the loss of the father-and-daughter duo. 

Tia Mowry revealed that she cried hysterically when she found out because she just spotted the Mamba inside his car before the accident happened. She went on to pray for Vanessa Bryant, who is currently mourning the loss of a husband, and a daughter. 

"My God, my hands are shaking as I type. Now I'm hearing about the devastating news about his daughter GIGI. RIP KOBE and GIGI. God, keep Vanessa and his daughters in your hands."

A PAINFUL FAREWELL

Kylie Jenner, a resident of Calabasas where the crash happened, shared a beautiful picture of Kobe and his daughter Gianna, writing "at a loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family."

Another actress that paid respect to Kobe is Tiffany Haddish, who admitted to her fans that hearing of Kobe's death is very painful. 

"This one is very painful. Rest in Peace King. I am praying for his Family."

REMEMBERING THE LEGACY OF KOBE BRYANT

While millions of fans and celebrities alike mourn the loss of a dear friend, father, mentor, and colleague and have been posting about it online, the post of Spike Lee captures the beautiful legacy and memory of Kobe Bryant. 

Holding up Bryan's NBA2K10 cover, he shared a heartbreaking poem dedicated to the Mamba. The beginning of the poem reads:

"Let us all gather around and bid our farewells to the beautiful game of the Black Mamba... for these are the last days of a legendary fade away, as he fades away back to blackness."

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A POEM FOR KOBE BY LEMON ANDERSEN Let us all gather around And bid our farewells to the Beautiful game of the Black Mamba... For these are the last days Of a legendary fade away, As he Fades away back to Blackness, Let us scatter Purple and Gold roses Along the seas, across the Atlas As our hero takes on his final journey and Fades away back to Blackness... Back To the Lower Merion number dripping from his shoulders Glory hanging from the rim rumors spreading of a child’s love for winning While he remained shooting for perfection inside the hollows of an empty gym. Oh, how the critics spread word To and fro of His growing game how his glowing handles will only go so far Yet, all that mattered was his chase for the undying zone Not the stones they threw nor the stats they claimed Not even a nationwide repertoire... Just the chase, The impossible, A relentless will To Fight or Fly to fight through injuries, For the Black mamba believed pain is for the weak, And fear is a Lie, Believed to live in your legend You must be greater than the greatest of all nations To be written in history was not enough Like having his game written as the brightest star amongst the basketball constellations And so he faded Back to mastery remained Focused Always striking with a Venomous sting No matter how loud the rival crowds would yell you can hear the rattle of our Black Mamba from all of his championship rings, All the records shattered and he still picks up the glass All the years have gone And he still remained patiently waiting by the wooden war painted basketball court with his Fangs in the grass Waiting to fade back again one last time Waiting for one last season to strike one last liquid clutch from the silence of the three point line, One last season to leave the heroes journey in a beautiful Bliss as all must eventually go home and fade away back to Blackness.

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THEIR TRAGIC DEATHS

Bryant was on the way to a basketball camp with his second-eldest daughter Gianna when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas. The father-and-daughter duo, known for their same love for basketball, was on the way to a basketball clinic where GiGi was meant to play and Kobe was meant to coach. 

Rest In Peace, Kobe, and GiGi. 

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