In the wake of the news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash that also took the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, as well as seven other passengers Sunday, shock and sadness have reverberated throughout the sports world and beyond. As the nation grieves the legendary Los Angeles Laker and his aspiring WNBA star daughter, “GiGi,” people are undoubtedly hugging their loved ones a bit tighter, and reexamining what it means to truly live life to the fullest.
Many have taken to social media to mourn the devastating loss, including several athletes, celebrities, and community leaders from Maryland. Here are some of their reactions:
I idolize Kobe. I always looked up to him. He was the reason I was a Lakers fan. And just knowing that we lost that type of legend and that type of leadership in this community, in this world, it hurts a lot.” —University of Maryland Terrapins forward Jalen Smith to 247 Sports.
Momma, Kobe, Mambacita— Bruno Fernando™ (@BrunoFernandoMV) January 27, 2020
I know y’all were watching and cheering us on tonight with a big smile on yalls faces:dove_of_peace::dove_of_peace::dove_of_peace::heart:️:heart:️:heart:️.
Continue to look down on us and lift us up with all the love strength and Passion you have:pray::skin-tone-5::pray::skin-tone-5::pray::skin-tone-5::dove_of_peace::heart:️. #LifeDoesntBelongToUS:sleepy:
Rest In Peace Kobe & Gigi.— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 26, 2020
This is bigger than basketball though. Today, 3 daughters lost their father & a sister. A wife lost her husband & a child. Heartbreaking. Praying for Kobe’s Family & the other victims #RiPKobe #RIPGigi pic.twitter.com/n3lG69tn8Q
Wow. What a sad day. Keeping Kobe’s family and friends in my prayers. I live in the same area and would see him time to time. He was a gracious superstar. Always took the time to smile and say hello to his many fans (me being one of those fans) #sadday @masnOrioles— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) January 26, 2020
I speak for myself and athletes around the world when I say Kobe Bryant was the main reason for a lot of my work ethic and mentality on the field and the court. He was one of a kind and nobody outworked him. I learned so much from him and will forever be grateful. Thank you Kobe— D.L. Hall (@dl_hall33) January 27, 2020