Cardi B, Drake, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez & More React to Kobe Bryant's Death

The music community was in shock Sunday (Jan. 26) after learning about the death of legendary NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant.

Music superstars like Cardi B, Drake, ASAP Rocky, Demi Lovato and many more expressed their condolences on social media over the sudden loss of Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash, TMZ reports. Many seemed to be in disbelief over the tragic news.

"It can't be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!" Justin Bieber captioned a photo of himself with Bryant on Instagram.  

"We lost a king," Lil Wayne tweeted.

Cardi B simply wrote, "F---in terrible."

Bryant, 41, was five-time NBA champion and legendary shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The retired athlete was on board a helicopter with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, when it crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday morning. TMZ broke the story; reports of Bryant's passing were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times and a local ABC affiliate shortly thereafter. An 18-member National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigative team is traveling from D.C. to California to determine the cause of the crash. 

See more artist reactions to Bryant's death below.


------ it can’t be

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I’ve never been much of a sports fan but Kobe Bryant was a hero to me and it was his words and way of thinking and living that lifted me up during times where I felt like I couldn’t get off the ground. When I was 16 and going through what felt like an excruciatingly painful period in my life, I first saw Kobe’s MUSE documentary, and the mamba mentality is the only thing got me through every single performance. He was fighting inner demons, and so was I, and the way he used them to fuel his game on the court made me feel like I could use them to fuel me onstage. At my weakest moments I would channel a different person like he did, because when I felt broken and lost offstage, he taught me how to use my own pain, he taught me how to access strength I didn’t know I had, because on my worst days, I thought of Kobe and suddenly I could do things I didn’t think I could do. I watched every interview, I read every quote of his, and I wish that he knew how many times he saved me, how many times he helped me access a champion in myself that I couldn’t have seen on my own, how many times he helped me use my own demons, how many times he taught me how to use pain to make me a better person, how many times he taught me by example about life by the way he carried himself and the way he saw things.... and I never got the chance to tell him this in person. I’ve watched only two basketball games in my life, but what Kobe did for me changed the course of my life. I can’t imagine how many people he did this for. His legacy will live on in the lives and minds and souls that he touched, he made his mark not only in the game, but in humanity itself. He is a hero to me forever. Mamba forever --#kobebryant #giannabryant #restinpeace --

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Such a loss to this world we will miss you Kobe

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RIP to the great Kobe Bryant --

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God bless their loved ones in their time of grief. Devastating.

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RIP #kobeBryant

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