Tributes continue to pour in from around the world for NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the seven others who were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, 26 January.
World-leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and fellow world-class athletes described him as a true sporting great. His untimely death has indeed affected an entire generation.
Some of ONE Championship’s greatest warriors shared their heartfelt condolences to the American icon, who left his wife, Vanessa, and three other kids behind (Natalia, Bianka, Capri).
ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang took to Instagram to pay tribute to the hero.
“My heart hurts to hear about Kobe @kobebryant and his daughter Gianna. Make sure you hug and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Because the time we have on this earth is short.”
Brazil’s ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes posted on his Instagram account (@moraesadrianomma): “Unbelievable life is crazy, God bless Kobe’s family and the family of passengers on board 😥 #RIP @kobebryant #LegendneverDie”.
Malaysia’s former ONE Championship Atomweight athlete Ann “Athena” Osman put up a short message on her Instagram story. “Shocking news. Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were among the victims of a helicopter crash at Calabasas, California. Rest in peace Kobe and Gianna.”
Flyweight contender Gianni Subba – a basketball fan himself – was shocked at the legend’s passing. Like his colleagues, he shared a tribute on his social media account.
“Can’t believe this happened. Kobe is an icon. RIP,” the 27-year-old said.
Multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Renzo Gracie’s tribute on Instagram was a deep one.
The Brazilian shared: “May God be waiting for you with his arms wide open.. @kobebryant and I hope his defense is very good otherwise he won’t be a great adversary at a basketball court, may God bless you and your daughter’s beautiful souls May God give you back the same inspiration you gave to many of us…. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😔😔😔”.
Bryant, 41, spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, amassing five NBA Championships alongside several accolades, the most outstanding of the lot being the 2008 MVP award.
Bryant, his daughter, and the seven others who tragically perished in the crash were on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.