"Kobe was not only an icon in the sports arena, he was a man of the world and touched so many lives and communities in the most positive ways".
He was 41 years old.
The nation mourns Bryant's death.
On Twitter, current and former National Basketball Association players shared their disbelief in learning that Bryant had died. The crash happened around 10 a.m. Sunday about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Tony Imbrenda said he didn't immediately have any information about whether the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter radioed a distress signal.
"Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames". The 18-time All Star retired in 2016 after 20 seasons in the league, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. "Much respect my brother". "I love u and u will be missed".
"It's been attractive watching them grow", the 18-time All-Star and five-time champion told the outlet.
Bryant retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final National Basketball Association game.