The internet's heart was broken when it was revealed that the legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, had died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. He was just forty-one-years-old. Nine people are now confirmed dead.
The star was known for being one of the greatest players of all time, with a career with the Lakers spanning 2 decades. Bryant's daughter, Gianna was also on board the helicopter with her father and has died in the crash.
Tributes have poured in for the star and here are some of the most poignant.
Scroll to the end to see Tiger Woods's reaction.
It has been confirmed that Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.
via: Getty ImagesThe NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirms.
Bryant was a true basketball star.
via: TwitterHis father, Joe Bryant, was also a professional NBA player, and Kobe began playing basketball professionally straight out of high school.
He was a true legend in the sport.
via: TwitterBy his second season, Kobe had been named an All-Star.
When he was just thirty-four years old, Kobe became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.
via: TwitterAnd on February 1st of 2010, it was announced Kobe was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.
His achievements didn't end there.
via: TwitterKobe also won 2 gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
He was a massive success off the court, too.
via: TwitterIn 2018, Kobe won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.
Kobe retired after the 2015-16 season.
via: TwitterBut he stayed busy, focusing on many other career pursuits - alongside raising his family.
In 1999, Kobe met Vanessa Laine.
via: TwitterThe pair were both just 17-years-old but quickly fell in love - becoming engaged after only 6 months of dating.
Vanessa and Kobe married in 2001.
via: TwitterTheir first daughter was then born in 2003.
Their relationship wasn't always smooth sailing.
via: TwitterThey filed for divorce in 2011, but called off the breakup in 2013.
They shared 4 daughters.
via: TwitterTheir eldest was Natalia, who's 17, followed by Gianna, followed by Bianka, aged 3, and Capri, aged just 7 months.
Kobe was deeply in love with his wife.
via: TwitterAnd the pair were stronger than ever.
And he loved being a dad.
via: TwitterAs this photo of the Bryants in full family Halloween costume proves.
Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...
via: Getty ImagesBut tragically, yesterday morning, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.
During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.
This is utterly devastating news...
Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.
via: Getty ImagesTMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged 13, has 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.
Gianna was Kobe's second-eldest daughter.
via: TwitterShe was born on May 1st of 2006, and was set to follow in Kobe's footsteps.
She often accompanied Kobe to basketball games.
via: TwitterIn fact, from childhood, Gianna would participate in the team warm-ups.
Kobe supported his daughter's passion for the sport.
via: TwitterHe would regularly take her along to women's basketball games - and Gianna played for the Mamba Academy ballers, where her father was the coach.
Gianna was reportedly a true talent.
via: TwitterAnd many thought she was set for an illustrious basketball career.
Kobe and Gianna were also very close.
via: TwitterThe 2 often pictured giggling and smiling together, and it's clear she was the apple of her father's eye.
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
Alongside Kobe and Gianna, seven others have been confirmed to have died.
via: TwitterAll 9 of the passengers on board were confirmed to have died in the tragic crash.
And tributes have poured out for the victims.
via: TwitterIt's clear Kobe was an absolutely beloved presence in the celebrity world - and will be horribly missed.
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
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
Kobe is a G. Will always be remembered. @kobebryant Sad day.— Idris Elba (@Idris Elba)1580074156.0
rest in peace Kobe 🕊 https://t.co/YtlMAVJHIJ— Simone Biles (@Simone Biles)1580070232.0
Deeply shocked at the news of Kobe Bryant and four others lost today. Sending all my thoughts to their families an… https://t.co/KDDt3DHcWG— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1580071600.0
Just devastated to hear about #KobeBryant .💔An extraordinary athlete, and a genuinely kind, wonderful man. Sending… https://t.co/4wXPQhqf8t— Reese Witherspoon (@Reese Witherspoon)1580070202.0
Taylor SwiftThe singer claimed her "heart was in pieces" over the news.
My heart truly mourns over the news today. Kobe was a great mentor and friend to me. You and your daughter will liv… https://t.co/jDfDbAy2R1— Novak Djokovic (@Novak Djokovic)1580095114.0
My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected… https://t.co/YEKR9Dgngd— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1580084210.0
Kobe, We love you brother We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspirati… https://t.co/4cafOz1Zm2— ye (@ye)1580077243.0
Leonardo DiCaprioLeo called Kobe "a legend," and claimed, "LA will never be the same."
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics started the game by each taking 24-second shot-clock violations in… https://t.co/HD54LZ80La— NBA (@NBA)1580084248.0
Teams made touching gestures on the court to honor Byrant.They let the shot clock expire for 24-second violations, which the crowd seemed to support with an uproar of applause.
Bryant's death has been felt all over the world.
via: Getty ImagesIn Australia, teen tennis player Coco Gauff wrote a tribute on her trainers which could be seen during her open doubles match.
Nick Kyrgios also showed his support.
via: GettyHe warmed up in a Bryant jersey before his match against Rafa Nadal.
Former footballer David Beckham paid a tribute to his "friend."
But not all celebrities were aware of his death.
via: YoutubeThe tragedy hadn't sunk in for Tiger Woods who had only briefly been told of Bryant's death by his caddie, Joe LaCava. Keep scrolling to see the heartbreaking video.
Woods told CBS Sports after the round that he "didn't know until coming off the 18th green."
via: Getty“I didn’t understand why people in the gallery were saying, ‘Do it for Mamba.’ Now I understand. It’s a shocker to everyone. I’m unbelievably sad, and it’s one of the more tragic days. The reality is setting in because I was just told about five minutes ago."
Woods gave a touching speech.
via: Getty“Life is very fragile as we all know, you can be gone at any given time and we have to appreciate the moments that we have. I just can’t imagine what his family’s going through right now."
Woods and Bryant broke into their sports at the same time.
via: Clutchpoints1996 was the year Woods went pro and Bryant was drafted.
"He burned so competitively hot," Woods said.
via: YoutubeSportsmen and women from around the world paid tribute to Bryant, while at the Grammys, they even illuminated his Lakers jerseys.
It's the video of Woods finding out about Bryant that shook us.
Tiger Woods hearing about the passing of Kobe Bryant https://t.co/xDI4zEPR3T— ⚡️𝓓𝓪𝔀𝓼𝓸𝓷⚡️ (@⚡️𝓓𝓪𝔀𝓼𝓸𝓷⚡️)1580099264.0