Ice Cube Texted Kobe Bryant to See If He'd Respond Following His Tragic Death

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 Ice Cube visits the "Sway in the Morning" show with Sway Calloway on Shade 45 at SiriusXM Studios on Dec. 7, 2018 in New York City. 

The Los Angeles community and beyond is mourning the death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore, who died too soon on Sunday (Jan. 26) following a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

In a devastating interview with ESPN, Ice Cube called the former Lakers legend "some of the glue that holds LA together."

He then went on to share the heartbreaking moments after he heard the news, explaining that his first instinct was to text Bryant. "To see if he would hit me back," he said. "And when I didn’t get it back, you don’t immediately start to worry because he’s Kobe and he always gets back sooner or later."

"Me personally, I don’t have too many heroes that’s younger than me, and that was one of them," he continued. "It’s profound but I think more about his family and I hope the city wraps their arms around the family and embrace them as much as they embraced Kobe."

Kobe and Gianna were among nine people killed in the tragedy. See Ice Cube's interview below.