Today we got the horrible news that retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident that claimed the lives of all nine people on board. Details are still trickling in regarding the incident but thus far it has been confirmed that his 13 year old daughter Gianna was also on board during the crash.
It’s just awful news that has spread through the entire sporting community like wildfire. Many can’t believe it, including a lot of the mixed martial arts community. Bryant wasn’t a regular fixture in the sport like some others, but provided enough inspiration through his excellence that many shared their thoughts and prayers on the situation through social media. Here’s a small selection.
A million apologies and condolences we just lost a super athlete #ripKobe— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) January 26, 2020
Just sad man...— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) January 26, 2020
Woke up to the news and it’s sad az.
I am beyond sorry for the loss of Kobe Bryant and all fellow passengers on that fateful flight. He left a legacy few can hold a candle to. Remember, tomorrow is not guaranteed, LIVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!— michael (@bisping) January 26, 2020
prayers https://t.co/xIHlPitt5L— Grand Slam Champ Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) January 26, 2020
Rip pic.twitter.com/oIM6sph2Cv— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 26, 2020
RIP pic.twitter.com/2WltryiF2W— Dana White (@danawhite) January 26, 2020
Horrible!!!! RIP my man pic.twitter.com/anrin1KfWZ— Dana White (@danawhite) January 26, 2020
Fuck man rest easy Kobe Byrant your legacy will live forever— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) January 26, 2020
Conor McGregor on the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant: “It’s iconic that I’m here and that he used to play in this arena... I’m very happy to be here but sad at the same time. It’s just a very sad time.” — @TheNotoriousMMA #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/SOFjWGfoPp— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 27, 2020
Terribly sad— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) January 26, 2020
RIP to a legend who meant so much to so many. You will be remembered forever as the champion you are. pic.twitter.com/xRVuSf157X
One of the greatest athletes of all time . RIP KOBE BRYANT pic.twitter.com/iAk0vdR98B— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 26, 2020
I’ll rephrase my last tweet since everyone wants to talk shit.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) January 26, 2020
TMZ just reported that Kobe Bryant has passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. I hope it’s not true but if it is, my condolences go out to his family and the millions of lives he positively impacted.
If the news about @kobebryant is true my heart breaks for the loss and my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this devastating time. RIP to one of the best to ever play the game.— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) January 26, 2020
People always ask if I'm related to Kobe Bryant. I'm not, but I am very sad to hear the news of his passing. What a shame. He was lovely the few times I spoke with him... #RIPMAMBA #RIPKobeBryant— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) January 26, 2020
I had the pleasure to watch one of the greatest play the game. Prayers go out to his family. RIP☠ pic.twitter.com/jEbRn2b7sv— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) January 26, 2020
Bruh wtf !?!?!!?!!??!!!— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 26, 2020
What a tragedy! RIP to Kobe Bryant and to everyone in the crash. Truly heartbreaking pic.twitter.com/goSwQ0IWwx— Randa Markos (@randamma) January 26, 2020
RIP to a real leader and motivator #KobeBryant #8 #24 pic.twitter.com/QlP2F7cVkx— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) January 26, 2020
RIP, I’m gonna miss you champ #mamba #5xchamp #lakers #father #husband #entrepreneur pic.twitter.com/PfzeRqqf2x— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) January 26, 2020
Just landed ... Heartbreaking news. Rest In Peace to an absolute legend.— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) January 26, 2020
Man Kobe was one of my fav/ greatest athletes of all time . RIP to a great one— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) January 26, 2020
Can’t believe what I just heard. My heart is broken. God bless his family. @kobebryant— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) January 26, 2020
Our condolences go out to the families of everyone involved. Take a moment to reach out to your loved ones in these tough times, you never know when they might be gone all too soon.