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.
Thinking of Kobe Bryant and his family. I’m praying for their healing and the reincarnation of their joy. Such a tremendous tragedy, but we can send them thoughts of unimaginable hope.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 28, 2020
Selena Gomez speaks on the passing of Kobe Bryant.
“So devastated to hear the news about Kobe Bryant today. What I remember most about him is how kind and gracious he was to my family. He even held my godson saying he would teach him how to shoot jump shots.“ pic.twitter.com/fYJoQT5Fe5
— Selena Gomez News (@SGomezNewsCOMs) January 27, 2020
Fuckin terrible —
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 26, 2020
My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going through. Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 26, 2020
Kobe, We love you brother
We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave pic.twitter.com/pxbgLOOmpY
— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
In shock right now. RIP Kobe —
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 26, 2020
wow Kobe man damn, i don’t even know what to say. –?? pic.twitter.com/cn4ze4ZhnB
— 50cent (@50cent) January 27, 2020
RIP KOBE , SO SAD , SUCH A SAD DAY N SAD NEWS , WE LOVE U
— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) January 26, 2020
———- Kobe this cant be real!!!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe. This is heartbreaking
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) January 26, 2020
No fuccin way kobe —- this shit can’t be true
— Lil Baby (@lilbaby4PF) January 26, 2020
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) January 26, 2020
— Flea (@flea333) January 26, 2020
— nope (@LilNasX) January 26, 2020
— Chamillionaire (@chamillionaire) January 26, 2020
Na not Kobe.
— Skinny Suge (@FreddieGibbs) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Kobe! My heart broken ??
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) January 26, 2020
We’re never ready for this type of news RIP Kobe Bryant —-
— Swae Lee Lee Swae (@SwaeLee) January 26, 2020
— Chilombo (@JheneAiko) January 26, 2020
We lost a King. 824
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 26, 2020
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 —
…HE was ‘different’. Our discussion not long back was about ‘daughters’ AND transitions. He sought to make a DIFFERENCE. He just got started & he created many paths.. Ive said many times as a young-HE was the most manner able ‘athlete’ I ever met. He was DIFFERENT #RIPKOBE248 pic.twitter.com/hdrxcWWVsj
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 26, 2020
— TOP DAWG ENT (@TopDawgEnt) January 26, 2020
A true gladiator in our life time. You will be forever embedded in our memories, our childrens memories, and generations to come. @kobebryant
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) January 26, 2020
— Boy George (Boomer) (@BoyGeorge) January 26, 2020
#8 #24 — pic.twitter.com/oQL7bbLXSY
— Bow Wow (@smoss) January 26, 2020
Kobe was a real life super hero on that court & I’m sure he was one to his family. Sending love and prayers to them. This is heartbreaking.
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 26, 2020
— neil perry (@theneilperry) January 26, 2020
My condolences as well to the family and loved ones of the other souls lost today in the crash.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 26, 2020
Rest in peace Kobe… you were one of the greatest. God rest his soul and give his family strength during this difficult time. Gone too soon—— pic.twitter.com/FQvif72IAX
— Kat Deluna (@KatDeLuna) January 26, 2020
In shock. Thanks for all you contributed Kobe. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/zMOzhBwJFq
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) January 26, 2020
— Mamba pic.twitter.com/CthOQ7zh6e
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 26, 2020
This news is heartbreaking. I am lost for words. Praying for Vanessa and the Bryant family at this sad and difficult time. Rest In Paradise Young Legend. Heaven has gained another angel. —- pic.twitter.com/kkRwtXa5Yc
— Ciara (@ciara) January 26, 2020
I’m so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 26, 2020
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) January 26, 2020
— Alejandro Sanz (@AlejandroSanz) January 26, 2020
R.I.P to the legend Kobe Bryant —
— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) January 26, 2020
God dammit. https://t.co/JC3ClZu0ys
— lalah hathaway (@lalahhathaway) January 26, 2020
completely heartbroken and speechless. Sending all my love to vanessa, his kids , and the other families involved —-
— Fergie (@Fergie) January 26, 2020
Oh my good god no. How utterly heart shattering ——– I cant stop thinking about his wife and children.
Thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this devastating time
— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) January 26, 2020
Man this shit is too sad bro —
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) January 26, 2020
I’m devastated. My heart hurts for Vanessa and the rest of the family. @kobebryant and Gianna —
— Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) January 26, 2020
What a tragic and sad day #RipKobe
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) January 26, 2020
I can’t believe that my hero and friend is gone too soon. I’m numb. pic.twitter.com/VOZtxqfvJA
— Ice Cube (@icecube) January 26, 2020
— Marc Anthony (@MarcAnthony) January 26, 2020
The world lost a giant today
Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant. Also praying for the other passengers that we lost and their families.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 26, 2020
My–Goes Out To Kobe’s Family,Friends,Fans. It’s SO HARD To Deal With The Death Of a GREAT STAR,Because We Feel As If We Knew Them Personally.Kobe Bryant Was a GREAT ATHLETE,& All Of America Will Feel His Loss.
The — Has Lost a Bright Light ?–?.
— Cher (@cher) January 26, 2020
— Austin Mahone (@AustinMahone) January 26, 2020
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) January 26, 2020
So sad to hear about the passing of @kobebryant and his daughter today. I literally am sick to my stomach. Always loved watching him play. Definitely one of the greatest of all time. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife and their whole family. I will forever treasure this jersey he signed for me a couple years ago.
Absolutely heartbreaking. Praying for strength for the entire Bryant family and sending all of you love. Rest In Peace Kobe and Gianna. pic.twitter.com/JW12AduxLU
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) January 26, 2020
Praying for the entire Bryant family and loved ones during this tragic time.
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 26, 2020
So so sad. We lost the goat. We lost a legend. My heart goes out to his loved ones and family. —— rest in peace Kobe pic.twitter.com/MRhsYJwzTb
— Neon Future Aoki (@steveaoki) January 26, 2020
this is heavy. really, really heartbreaking. — https://t.co/lDfNgczV3o
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) January 26, 2020
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) January 26, 2020
So honored to win Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. I’d like to dedicate both to Kobe and his beautiful daughter. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time. #RIPKobe @LilNasX #OTR pic.twitter.com/mUgQU2pPPY
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) January 27, 2020
—— Sending prayers for the Bryant family for strength during this time——–??–
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 26, 2020
I’m completely finished by this news today. @kobebryant we love you so much Legend and thank you everything you gave and shared with us. Blessings to the Bryant family in every capacity and in every aspect. May Kobe and his beautiful daughter Gianna transition peacefully.—————-
This is horrible news! my thoughts and prayers to the bryant n other families . @kobebryant was one of the brightest folks i knew.. a class act … im crushed…—-RIP
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) January 26, 2020
This is such a weird day. Sending so much love to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers…life is fragile.
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) January 26, 2020
Kobe was extraordinary…he was a HERO to me…..& to so many…..Rest in peace Kobe, and his beautiful daughter Gianna. This is truly horrible. I am at a loss for words…I am sending love and prayers to his family. We will never forget you. We love you.
— Ally Brooke (@AllyBrooke) January 26, 2020
Hearing about Gianni crushes my heart even more. Rest In Peace Angels ?? https://t.co/BSK4Y5lWxY
— Ciara (@ciara) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe!! heartbreaking!! —
— Prince Royce (@PrinceRoyce) January 26, 2020
Also thoughts & prayers to the others that have yet to be named in this terrible accident. —
— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) January 26, 2020