The news that Kobe Bryant and his 13 year-old daughter had died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning near Los Angeles shook everyone, including many celebrities who knew the basketball star well. One of them was Chrissy Teigen, who took to Twitter to share her reaction as she was preparing to walk the red carpet with her husband John Legend at the Grammy Awards.
“I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my God,” Teigen wrote. “Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.”
After the awards show she tweeted, “home. kissed my family hard tonight. love you guys.”
Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 26, 2020
Legend also shared his thoughts on Bryant’s death, writing, “I’m so stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe.”
Many others shared their thoughts throughout Sunday, included several basketball greats such as Michael Jordan.
“I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much,” he said in a statement.
“He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.”
Shaquille O’Neil, who won three NBA championships with Kobe, tweeted, “There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.
“Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah.”