On Sunday (January 26), NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Gianna was quick to remind people that her father Kobe Bryant, who has three other daughters, didn’t need a son to continue the family’s basketball legacy https://t.co/z7VxyfSII7
— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) January 27, 2020
The private helicopter was en route to a youth basketball game in Thousand Oaks, California at the time of the crash.
Later that evening, music’s brightest stars gathered for the 62nd Grammy Awards. The ceremony was held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the home of the LA Lakers.
Kobe played for the Lakers for 20 seasons before he retired in 2016. With his jerseys hanging on display in the arena, Grammys host Alicia Keys joined Boyz II Men in a musical tribute to him.
Earlier in the day and into the next (January 27), country artists took to social media to remember Kobe and honor the other victims lost in the crash. We have compiled a list of their tributes for you to scroll through below.
Life is so short. ;(. Sending all my love to Kobe’s family and friends.
— Jana Kramer (@kramergirl) January 26, 2020
Gary LeVox Of Rascal Flatts
RIP Kobe #mamba
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) January 26, 2020
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts
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So sad to hear about the passing of @kobebryant and his daughter today. I literally am sick to my stomach. Always loved watching him play. Definitely one of the greatest of all time. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife, family and the families of all who were on board and lost their lives. I will forever treasure this jersey he signed for me a couple years ago.
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) January 26, 2020
this is heavy. really, really heartbreaking. 💔 https://t.co/lDfNgczV3o
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) January 26, 2020
Billy Ray Cyrus
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) January 26, 2020
In November 2019, Kobe was a special guest on Voice coach Kelly Clarkson‘s new talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. During his visit, he surprised a high school basketball coach that had been diagnosed with cancer, shared the meaning behind his middle name, and talked about his four daughters.
After news broke of Kobe’s passing, The Kelly Clarkson Show paid tribute to him on social media.
“Everyone at our show is so saddened and shocked over the passing of Kobe Bryant. He was a father, a husband, an author, an incredible athlete, and one of the kindest guests we’ve had on our show,” read the statement.
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Everyone at our show is so saddened and shocked over the passing of Kobe Bryant. He was a father, a husband, an author, an incredible athlete, and one of the kindest guests we’ve had on our show. Please keep his family in your thoughts and remember to cherish the ones you love every single day 💗
You can feel that kindness when you watch the clips from Kobe’s visit to The Kelly Clarkson Show in November. We have included one of those videos for you to treasure below.
We’ll be praying for the Bryant family and the loved ones of the other victims who died in the crash. Our hearts go out to them during this sad time.