Fans all over the world have been mourning the tragic death of legendary sports star, Kobe Bryant, following the devastating helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 8 others, including his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna.
The world feels as though it has come to a standstill, with many unable to process the star's sudden and untimely death.
Celebrities have reached out to leave touching tributes for the star. With LeBron James even revealing a tribute tattoo in honor of the late star.
Jay-Z just revealed that he spoke Kobe Bryant only three weeks before he passed, as he attended his New Year's Eve party.
Keep scrolling to find out what he said.
For those of you that aren't aware, Kobe Bryant is a legend.
via: Getty ImagesAfter he left high school, he entered the NBA directly and went onto win 5 championships.
He was one of the world's best shooting guards.
via: Getty ImagesKobe Bryant made history on many occasions. His twenty-year career in the NBA saw him become the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history in 2010. At thirty-four years old, he also became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. What an achievement.
However, in 2016, he retired.
via: Getty ImagesAfter a string of injuries began taking their toll on his body, he decided it would be best to leave the game, though that didn't stop him from coaching and doing extra work on the side in order to aid the NBA.
He made sure he went out with a bang.
via: Getty ImagesWho could ever forget that final game? The Lakers versus Utah Jazz. The latter team didn't stand a chance after seeing Kobe score sixty points in the game, which became a career highlight for the basketballer.
On Sunday, Jan 26, the sporting world was left heartbroken by the sudden death of one of its biggest stars, Kobe Bryant.
via: Getty ImagesIt has been confirmed that Kobe tragically died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, at around 9:45 am local time, TMZ sports confirms.
Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...
via: Getty ImagesBut tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.
During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.
However, Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.
via: Getty ImagesTMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged thirteen, tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.
This is utterly devastating news.
Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy.
.@LACOFD helicopter over the scene . As air ops quickly told me it is a fire not sheriffs chopper hovering and now… https://t.co/I5VE1IaTao— Richard Winton (@Richard Winton)1580066118.0
The tragedy claimed the lives of 7 others...
via: TwitterAll 9 of the passengers on board were confirmed to have died in the tragic crash.
The news has been hard for people to stomach.Kobe really touched the hearts of so many people, so tributes for the star have been pouring in.
Barack Obama reiterated that Kobe was a "legend."
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To… https://t.co/YlRRr9ng7Q— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1580075776.0
In a slightly less empathetic way, Donald Trump also tweeted this:Melania also sent her condolences.
And Whoopi Goldberg also emphasized how much of a hero he was.
RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson, extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family— Whoopi Goldberg (@Whoopi Goldberg)1580070506.0
Kevin Hart was shocked by the news...
This honestly doesn’t make sense....I just saw you man. This hurts my heart. God please place your hands on his fam… https://t.co/dqHSB8SA5F— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart)1580071349.0
But his pain got worse as he found out that Kobe's daughter was involved too...
I have no words...All I have is real tears....This is beyond heartbreaking...#prayingforthebryantfamily #RIPGianna… https://t.co/x9XRqhfUQa— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart)1580074717.0
And supermodel Gigi Hadid talked about her close relationship with the legend.
Being a fan of yours brought so much joy to my life, like so many. Love forever. Sending strength and my deepest co… https://t.co/RUVYpPgXKU— Gigi Hadid (@Gigi Hadid)1580070975.0
Viola Davis was also amongst those who paid tribute to Kobe.
My heart goes out to Vanessa. Completely devastating. I know how much he LOVED his family and children! Just devast… https://t.co/DFCoMQBN0I— Viola Davis (@Viola Davis)1580080611.0
Amber Rose sent all of her love to Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant.
As a mother I’m so devastated for Vanessa, her Daughters and their family. I sat and thought about my life without… https://t.co/NLFgBF1K5I— Amber Rose (@Amber Rose)1580105964.0
And a host of other sports personalities sent their condolences to the family.
Heart going out to the Bryant family right now. ❤️. RIP @kobebryant— Megan Rapinoe (@Megan Rapinoe)1580069569.0
And Usain Bolt too.
Still can’t believe @kobebryant 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/swscrtnFAx— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@Usain St. Leo Bolt)1580069894.0
One of the most painful outcomes of this tragic accident is reflected in Kobe Bryant's last Instagram post.
via: Getty ImagesHe and Lebron James were two legends in the sport. And they helped build each other, celebrate their successes and support one another through difficult times.
And just twenty-four hours before the incident, Kobe had congratulated Lebron.
So no wonder the news hit him extremely hard.
LeBron James emotional as he exits the Lakers team plane following news of Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s death. 💔😢 More… https://t.co/WRIM9Rhop0— Complex (@Complex)1580084220.0
He penned a heartbreaking tribute to Kobe.
via: Getty ImagesHe took to Instagram to pay tribute to the basketball legend, whom he describes as his "brother." "I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had," he began the post.
"I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning."
via: Getty Images"Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! "Man I love you big bro," he continued.
He then finished his touching tribute with a final message...
Lebron also revealed a tribute tattoo to honor the late star.
In the first game since Kobe's death, LeBron paid an emotional and powerful tribute to his hero and idol.
And these celebs weren't the only ones affected.
via: Getty ImagesJay-Z has revealed that he saw Kobe only 3 weeks before the tragic incident.
Speaking at Columbia University in New York City on Tuesday, February 4 Jay-Z revealed more about the relationship between the two friends.
via: Getty ImagesWhilst at the launch of his lecture series in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies he said, “Kobe was a guy that looked up to me, and we’ve hung out multiple times,"
He added, “He was last at my house on New Year’s, and he was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in."
via: Getty ImagesA heartbreaking last thought to have.
Jay-Z then went on to share the his last conversation with Bryant.
via: Getty ImagesTragically he revealed that they were speaking about Bryant's 13-year-old daughter who was also involved in the crash.
Jay-Z recalled Bryant telling him, "You’ve gotta see Gianna play basketball."
via: Getty ImagesHe said, “And that was one of the most hurtful things cause he was so proud. And the look on his face was like — I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world.’ He was just so proud … So that’s really a tough one."
A heartwarming last memory to remember.
via: Getty ImagesDeath is hard to cope with for anyone, especially when dealing with it in the public eye.
Despite Jay-Z not wanting to add much more, he did speak of the struggle to come to terms with it.
Kobe put into everything in life.
"Tonight we celebrate the kid that came here at 18, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we've seen over… https://t.co/BeOrn7Wtvv— Los Angeles Lakers (@Los Angeles Lakers)1580529844.0