After the tragic news of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s death broke on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26), country stars who knew him and/or looked up to him started to share their condolences on social media.
Heavy heart as I get in bed. Praying for the Bryant family. Truly heartbroken.
— Luke Bryan (@lukebryan) January 27, 2020
I bet I said “No way!!” to myself 100 times yesterday.. woke up a minute ago hoping it was all just a bad dream. Still in shock.. all the pictures of Kobe and Gianna CRUSH me. Praying for the Bryant family and also the families of the other 7 that were lost. #RIPMamba
— Cole Swindell (@coleswindell) January 27, 2020
I can’t even put to words the loss for the Bryant family. This is an American tragedy and hard pill to swallow. God has a plan even when it seems to make no sense. Prayers…
— Mitchell Tenpenny (@m10penny) January 26, 2020
R.I.P to the legend Kobe Bryant
— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) January 26, 2020
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) January 26, 2020
Wow!! RIP Kobe!! https://t.co/4HMyIREKMq
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) January 26, 2020
I don’t even know what to say…seeing news like this is so incredibly sad. RIP Kobe
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe #mamba
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) January 26, 2020
My brother never traded me his Kobe rookie card. So sad for his daughters and family. Sitting here with my tiny family sending nothing but love to them.
— Ryan Hurd (@RyanHurd) January 26, 2020
“While I’m grateful, given the shocking and tragic news about Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi’s passing, I can only feel sadness.
From myself, and the rest of POTR, we send our deepest condolences to the Bryant family, and the other families who have lost loved ones.” ~ Lukas https://t.co/raAz3n7Uk1
— Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (@lukasnelson) January 27, 2020
this is heavy. really, really heartbreaking. https://t.co/lDfNgczV3o
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) January 26, 2020
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were in his private helicopter when it crashed in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas. According to L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, the crash was reported at 9:47 a.m. where Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street meet. All nine people aboard the helicopter have died.
CNN.com is reporting that the Bryants were on their way to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. Bryant was expected to coach his daughter’s team at the game.