Celebrities react to Kobe Bryant's death: 'My heart is in pieces'

WATCH: Retired basketball star Kobe Bryant and four other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday.

The celebrity world is feeling the loss of former NBA star Kobe Bryant after he died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The 41-year-old athlete, who retired in 2016, died after the helicopter went down in Calabasas, Calif., just before 10 a.m. local time, according to U.S. media reports. All nine on board, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died.

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He shared four children with wife Vanessa Bryant, including Natalia, 17, Bianca, 3, and seven-month-old Capri.

Stars like Drake, Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kevin Hart and more took to social media to share their sadness over the death.

Drake shared a photo of Bryant on his Instagram, writing: “It can’t be.”

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😤😔🥺 it can’t be

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Jennifer Lopez shared a Bryant family photo on her Instagram, writing: “Family. As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him … this is the truth that rings out the loudest … family is what matters most.”

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Family. As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him … this is the truth that rings out the loudest … family is what matters most. We are all feeling sadness from this loss, but all I can think of is that it is a grain of sand compared to what Vanessa must going through right now. I am sending all of my love and praying for you, your children and the other families involved in today’s tragic turn of events. The most unfair thing in life is to lose a child and husband on the same day. Vanessa, I pray for your strength and that God guides you each step of the way through this unimaginable heartbreak. To the other families who are suffering from this unthinkable tragedy, may God be with you all. Kobe you meant so much to so many and we will miss you forever. Thank you for your work ethic, your inspiration and your heart. #hero #legend #husband #father 😢🙏🏼💔

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A statement from basketball legend Michael Jordan was released, which reads: “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.”

Justin Bieber shared a photo of himself with Bryant years ago, writing: “It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day! Love you man!”

“I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god,” Chrissy Teigen tweeted.

Her husband, singer John Legend, wrote: “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.”

Taylor Swift said on Twitter that her “heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy.”


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Comedian Kevin Hart also posted a photo of Bryant on his Instagram account, writing: “This honestly doesn’t make sense… I just saw you man. This hurts my heart.”

Khloé Kardashian expressed her grief over the death, writing: “This can’t be real.”

Her mother, Kris Jenner, posted on Instagram: “Devastated by the news of losing our precious Kobe Bryant.”

Reese Witherspoon referred to Bryant on Twitter as “an extraordinary athlete, and a genuinely kind, wonderful man.”


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It’s not no telling what you gone wake up to nowadays,” rapper Meek Mill tweeted.

“He was great, charismatic and among the hardest-working athletes ever, but what impressed me most was how deeply-involved Kobe was with his 4 daughters,” Jimmy Kimmel tweeted.

Comedian Trevor Noah simply tweeted: “Jesus this is heartbreaking.”

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