Kobe Bryant's tragic death in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter and seven other people, shook the sports world to its core. As one of the legends of the NBA and an all-around inspritation to athletes across disciplines, there wasn't a part of athletics Bryant did not touch.
As new of Bryant's passing spread around, tributes and reactions came pouring in from athletes who knew Bryant or were inspired by Bryant, as well as those who played with him and against him. One of the greatest Lakers players of all time, Bryant received tributes on social media from ex-Lakers greats like Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Current basketball stars like Blake Griffin and Trae Young also offered their sympathies to the families and their remembrances of Bryant. But Bryant's influence reached far beyond the NBA, and champions like Usain Bolt and Tom Brady also put out messages of grief and disbelief at the untimely passing of the NBA legend.
There were also numerous Kobe Bryant tributes from around the world outside of sports.