The 41-year-old, who is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, was heading to basketball practice with a group of sports coaches, parents and teenagers when the helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, California.
Bryant and his daughter both died in the accident, along with the helicopter pilot and six other passengers, including two young friends of Gianna.
Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers talking about former opponent Kobe Bryant’s death. Post continues after video.
Since the news broke, tributes have been trickling in from celebrities, friends and fans alike.
In Los Angeles alone, a number of murals and public memorials have been erected to remember the father and daughter duo. Outside the Staples Center, the home of the LA Lakers, a memorial honouring the NBA great continues to grow.
And on social media, people from around the world have remembered the much-loved player.
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020