NBA basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. He was 41. There were nine victims, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. It's a tragic loss that has shocked Los Angeles Lakers fans, the sports community, and social media.
As reactions poured in on social media, those who knew and played ball with Bryant shared stories of his life on and off the court. Here are some of the most heartbreaking reactions to Bryant's death, from those who knew him, looked up to him, and respected his contribution to sports.