Earvin Magic Johnson is speaking out on Kobe Bryant‘s death just hours after news of the 41-year-old’s passing. The former Laker took to Twitter to honor his former teammate and the life of Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, who passed away with her dad in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Magic Johnson shared several tweets remembering Kobe Bryant and saying he’s in “disbelief” and has been “crying all morning.” Breaking his silence, the basketball giant shared two photos of Kobe and his daughter.
“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,” he wrote. “Cookie and I are heartbroken.” Magic Jonnson went on to describe his admiration and respect for Black Mamba. “I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court,” the 60-year-old star posted on Twitter.
Calling Kobe Bryant the “greatest Laker of all-time,” Magic Johnson said the news of his death is “hard to accept.” He continued his lengthy tribute by writing, “My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players.” Magic Johnson made sure to praise his former teammate for what he did on the court and for the youth.
“He gave his knowledge, time, and talent to tutor so many at the youth level, collegiate level, & NBA & WNBA players. Words can’t express the impact that he had on the game of basketball,” he wrote. “I know basketball fans all over the world will miss him, especially the City of Los Angeles.” Magic Johnson also made sure to include how important coaching Gigi’s basketball team was to him stating it “brought him so much happiness.”
Magic Johnson made sure to post about the connection he shared with Kobe Bryant too. “We had so much in common off the court. I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy. I will miss those conversations and him so much,” he wrote. Stating that Laker Nation will never be the same, Magic Johnson sent a prayer for his family and ended his special tribute writing, “We love you forever. #8 #24.” Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and three daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.