Sunday brought sad news for all sports fans across the globe. Renowned basketball player Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others on board.
Several Bollywood celebs, who admired the basketball legend, took to social media to pay their respect. From Ranveer Singh to Priyanka Chopra, actors wrote heartfelt notes for the NBA champ.
Sharing two pictures of Kobe, one with daughter Gianna, Priyanka Chopra wrote how he inspired generations. She wrote,
“Kobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. You are in my thoughts. Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other family and pilot in the accident. Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. #RIP #KobeBryant #RIPMamba (sic).”
Ranveer Singh, who will be seen playing a sportsman in Kabir Khan’s 83, also expressed his grief through a social media post. He shared a picture of Kobe Bryant in his Lakers jersey and wrote, “#rip #kobe.”
Akshay Kumar was also among Bollywood celebs who took to social media to write a heartfelt note for Kobe. He wrote,
“Speechless… The world has lost a Legendary Athlete R.I.P The ‘Black Mamba’ of Basketball, Kobe Bryant along with his daughter, Gianna who tragically lost their lives in a Helicopter crash on their way to coach his Daughters team in California yesterday… My Heart goes out to their Family. What you have done for so many kids including my niece whom you inspired to play basketball every day of her childhood, may you both comfort each other in Heaven… Love & Prayers (sic).”
Arjun Kapoor, who is a huge Lakers fan, also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. He wrote,
“Life is fickle, it all eventually feels kind of pointless. R.I.P @kobebryant #blackmamba #24 (sic).”
Expressing shock on hearing the news of Kobe Bryant’s death, Vishal Dadlani wrote,
“This can’t be true! Just read about #KobeBryant ‘s passing in a chopper crash. 🙁 What a champion! Certainly one of the greatest of all time. @kobebryant your path and your memory will inspire a million kids to play basketball. (sic).”
Sharing a picture with Bryant, Lara Dutta wrote,
“Heartbreaking to wake up to news like this . He had no clue who this basketball loving bollywood actress was, but he was warm, he was funny and he was inclusive. #RIPKobe #RIPGianna #nbalegend”
Kobe Bryant was among the greatest basketball players ever. The sportsman is survived by his wife and three daughters.