Friends, Fans Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant After Superstar’s Death At 41

As news of Kobe Bryant’s shocking death spread on Sunday, countless tributes poured in for the former Los Angeles Laker as people expressed their horror and sadness over the basketball great’s sudden death.

Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with four others, according to multiple outlets. Bryant was married to his wife Vanessa for more than 18 years, and the two had four children.

“There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of loosing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie,” former teammate Shaquille O’Neal wrote on social media, alongside photos of him with Bryant.

“I love you brother and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW !” he added.

Fellow NBA great Scottie Pippen said he was “stunned” over Bryant’s death. 

“Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day,” he tweeted, while Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim said Bryant was “the hardest working player I’ve ever been around.” 

“I was so fortunate to have known him and coached him with Team USA,” Boeheim wrote. “Our thoughts and our prayers are with his wife, Vanessa, and the Bryant family.” 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.