Sofia Wylie, Carson Lueders & More Stars Mourn the Loss of Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gigi

Sofia Wylie, Carson Lueders & More Stars Mourn the Loss of Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gigi

Gone but not forgotten.

Yesterday, basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi were among nine passengers involved in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The tragic incident, which came as a horrific shock to fans all over the world, serves as an important reminder of how fleeting and fragile life is.

To honor the late NBA legend, Sofia Wylie, Carson Lueders and many others took to social media to look back on the infinite impact of Kobe’s life and legacy, share their condolences with the Bryant family, and comfort one another during this time of mourning.

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I’ve never been much of a sports fan but Kobe Bryant was a hero to me and it was his words and way of thinking and living that lifted me up during times where I felt like I couldn’t get off the ground. When I was 16 and going through what felt like an excruciatingly painful period in my life, I first saw Kobe’s MUSE documentary, and the mamba mentality is the only thing got me through every single performance. He was fighting inner demons, and so was I, and the way he used them to fuel his game on the court made me feel like I could use them to fuel me onstage. At my weakest moments I would channel a different person like he did, because when I felt broken and lost offstage, he taught me how to use my own pain, he taught me how to access strength I didn’t know I had, because on my worst days, I thought of Kobe and suddenly I could do things I didn’t think I could do. I watched every interview, I read every quote of his, and I wish that he knew how many times he saved me, how many times he helped me access a champion in myself that I couldn’t have seen on my own, how many times he helped me use my own demons, how many times he taught me how to use pain to make me a better person, how many times he taught me by example about life by the way he carried himself and the way he saw things…. and I never got the chance to tell him this in person. I’ve watched only two basketball games in my life, but what Kobe did for me changed the course of my life. I can’t imagine how many people he did this for. His legacy will live on in the lives and minds and souls that he touched, he made his mark not only in the game, but in humanity itself. He is a hero to me forever. Mamba forever #kobebryant #giannabryant #restinpeace

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This feels so weird to watch. I just want to say thank you so much kobe for making everyone fall in love with basketball. you had such of an impact on my family. before I was born, my sister got a dog and named him kobe. my baby picture is me with my family in laker jerseys because of you. there’s so many people who wanted to be like you. My mom’s first license plate said “LAKRGRL” because of you. everyone I know shouted “kobe” when they threw something in the trash. you meant so much to everyone that either loved basketball, or those who wasn’t into it. But I know for a fact that a lot of us started loving basketball cause of you. Now this video might of been a while ago as you can see from my face 😂 but it will definitely last forever. We will miss you bro 🕊

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treasure every moment with your loved ones

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I don’t understand....

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As we share memories & how Kobe has touched so many peoples lives in so many ways I’m going to share mine: Kobe came into the gym frequently to train & he knew my mom & dad. My mom bought some basketballs & asked Kobe to sign them & without hesitation he did. She gave them to the kids at the hospital who had cancer. She then had the kids write thank you notes & colored them brightly & gave the notes back to Kobe. If u could only imagine how much that meant for those kids & also to Kobe! It touched his heart so big that he was going to come to the hospital(my moms work place as she was working in Pediatric Oncology at the time) to meet them. This was 2001 & my mom was very pregnant at the time right before giving birth to me as he was about to start his own family & they shared common thoughts, interests, always friendly & never too famous to say hello. He ended up not making it to the hospital but the fact that he was willing to go was pretty huge. Kobe you are a legend, a hero & have touched so many lives all across the world! He had a HUGE profound impact not just here in LA but globally. My entire family are huge Kobe fans and today is a tragedy & will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to Vanessa & this entire family. May God protect, guide and nurture this family in this time of need. May you remember all the good things & allow that to feed your soul. To all the other families affected may you find peace may God be with you every step. Hold each other tight! Life is Precious and you never know when it will end#kobebyantlegend #24 #hero #legend #father #husband Comment below how Kobe has touched your life

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❤️ Rest In Peace Gigi ❤️

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rest in peace #Kobe

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"Everything negative -- pressure, challenges -- is all an opportunity for me to rise," - Kobe Bryant. Our thoughts and prayers are with the resilient friends and families of those affected. Despite their suffering, we know they will find a way to rise.

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