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Shaq, Magic Johnson, Barack Obama and John Legend Honor Kobe Bryant on Twitter

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By Sarah Wolstoncroft

Tragically, the world learned Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash yesterday, alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. Stunned, many celebrities took to Twitter to honor and remember the famous Lakers player.

Transcending the sports world, former President Barack Obama and singer John Legend joined basketball players like Shaq and Magic Johnson in their tweets remembering Kobe.

While the Lakers have yet to comment on Kobe's death on their social media accounts, the Los Angeles Times shared an article detailing how players and coaches responded when the news was delivered to their plane.

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Shaq tweeted that he's "sick right now."

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Shaq was among the first celebrities to speak out on the passing of his former teammate and his daughter.

"There's no words to express the pain I'm going through with this tragedy of losing my niece 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. I'M SICK RIGHT NOW," Shaq said in his first tweet.

He then tweeted out pictures of Kobe and Gianna, writing, "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 Me'Arah."

Magic Johnson dedicated several tweets to Kobe Bryant's passing.

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Magic Johnson posted several tweets discussing his close relationship with the late Kobe Bryant and what Kobe brought to life and the sport of basketball.

"As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I'm in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken," Johnson tweeted first.

He then went on to share photos of himself with Kobe and sharing other kind words like, "I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court" and "Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players."

Former President Obama called Kobe a "legend on the court."

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Former President Barack Obama also shared his condolences to the Bryant family on Twitter.

Back in 2010, Obama invited Kobe and other professional basketball players to a pick-up game to celebrate his 49th birthday.

"Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day," Obama tweeted.

John Legend paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle.

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Outside of sports and politics, the music world also mourned Kobe's death. Many singers acknowledged the great loss at the 2020 Grammy Awards, including Lizzo and Alicia Keys. John Legend also posted this message to Twitter:

"I'm so sad and 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," Legend tweeted.

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