Kobe Bryant Killed In Helicopter Crash: Rockstars Pay Respects
Kobe Bryant's final series of interviews - USA TODAY / Youtube
NBA legend Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant was one of the victims of a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas County, California on the 26th of January, along with his daughter Gianna, with a total casualty of 9 lives reported as of writing. Investigations on the crash site are still ongoing.
The accident happened only a day after LeBron James surpassed Bryant’s position as the third placer on the league’s all-time scoring list. Bryant tweeted his congratulations to James, saying, “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644″. Bryant was a Lakers player throughout his 20-year career.
Rockstars paid their respects through posts on social media, with figures such as RHCP’s Flea, KISS’ Paul Stanley, the Band’s Robbie Robertson, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Billy Idol, Extreme’s Gary Cherone, and more expressing their grief for the loss of the sporting legend.
Flea is a hardcore Lakers fan and even played a bass rendition of the National Anthem before Bryant’s final game in 2016. He tweeted, “I love you Kobe.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, Flea had this to say about the Black Mamba: “I’ve watched, listened to or at least read about pretty much every game that Kobe Bryant played his entire career. And I see someone who put a lot of stock in discipline and work ethic and nurturing his creativity. I just have always respected him so much – even when he was young and arrogant and foolish and you know, arguably self-centered. He’s always meant so much to me.”
Paul Stanley tweeted, “WOW! Kobe. Such A Shock. My Condolences To His Wife And Children. Very, very sad. #KobeBryant”. Robertson wrote, “As a longtime Angeleno, Kobe was a huge part of our lives. A true warrior and legend. Blessing to his friends and family. Devastating.” Gary Cherone offered his condolences with, “For those of us who Bleed Green, @kobebryant was one Player we loved to hate but, always always Respected & Admired! His Game was Ferocious! My heartfelt condolences to his Family… #Legend.”
Rest in Power, Kobe. #MambaOut