Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna pass away in a helicopter crash, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Abhishek Bachchan and others post heartfelt messages


American basketball player and the champion of NBA Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. His daughter Gianna Onore Bryant, 13, also died in the accident. The two were among those killed when a helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu in Los Angeles County, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY. Fans and celebrities are putting out their kind thoughts and heartfelt messages on social media.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Akshay Kumar, Sophie Choudry, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Badshah were amongst the Hollywood and Bollywood stars who posted heartfelt messages for Black Mamba. 


Kobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. You are in my thoughts. Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other family and pilot in the accident. Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. #RIP #KobeBryant #RIPMamba

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Life is fickle, it all eventually feels kind of pointless. R.I.P @kobebryant #blackmamba #24

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News of Bryant's tragic death came as stars were gearing up for music's biggest night: the Grammys. 

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