LOS ANGELES, United
Kingdom
– How people on Twitter and Instagram reacted to the death of NBA
superstar Kobe Bryant on Sunday:

“Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great
basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his
family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful
daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….”

— US President Donald Trump

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting
started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act.”

— Former US President Barack Obama

“Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and
thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed
us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and
ambassador for the game he loved.”

— Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

“There’s no words to express the pain Im going through
with this tragedy of loosing my niece Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love
u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the
families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW”

— Bryant’s former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal

“Jeannine & I are absolutely shocked to hear of the
loss of one of my favorite people & one of the best basketball minds in the
history of the game! Our hearts & prayers to Vanessa & his girls.
@kobebryant you were my biggest fan, but I was yours”

— Bill Russell, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, 11-time
NBA champion with the Boston Celtics

“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent
athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will
always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA champion and league’s
all-time scoring leader

“Nooooooooooo God please No!”

— Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade

“Heart going out to the Bryant family right now. RIP
Kobe Bryant.”

— US women’s footballer and World Cup winner Megan
Rapinoe 

“Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened to hear the
horrific news about Kobe Bryant. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones at
this terribly sad time #RIPKobeBryant.”

— Australian cricket legend Shane Warne

“We miss you already Kobe.”

— NFL Super Bowl winner Tom Brady

“@kobebryant Gone much too soon, how devastating to
hear of his passing, he gave joy to so many for so long – deep condolences to
his family, his friends, his Laker family. RIP Kobe… #lifeistooshort.”

— Tennis great Martina Navratilova 

“I’m heartbroken by this news, you were a true legend,
and friend. Rest In Peace @kobebryant, my thoughts and prayers to his wife and
kids.”

— French NBA great Tony Parker

“Rest in peace Kobe. One of the best sportsmen/athletes
that has ever lived. My heart goes out to his family and to all involved in
this terrible accident”

— Former Formula One world champion Jenson Button

“On behalf of myself, the players and staff at AS Roma,
we join the rest of the sporting world in mourning the tragic passing of Kobe
Bryant. Kobe was a true icon and our thoughts are now with his family and the
families of all of the victims aboard that flight.”

— Jim Pallotta, the owner of Italian football giants AS
Roma

“The moment you realise life ain’t something to fuck
with! If you feel something tell that person! If you miss someone tell that
person.. you never know when your time is up!”

— Australian rugby union international Quade Cooper

“Speechless and shocked!! REST IN HEAVEN MAMBA.”

— German football international Kevin-Prince Boateng

“My biggest sports idol is this man right here. Your
work ethic and mentality inspired me so much from as soon i understood what it
took to become a pro. You were enjoying your new chapter in your life and to
leave us just like that is devastating.. i love you so much! You the goat”

— Inter Milan’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku on Instagram,
with a photo of Bryant

“It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me
 some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you
man!”

— Pop superstar Justin Bieber on Instagram

“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.”

— Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon

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