The WWE Universe reacted in real time to the shocking, breaking news that played out live during their show at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Sunday night -- that NBA legend Kobe Bryant and at least seven other passengers traveling with him died in a fatal helicopter accident this morning in Calabasas, Los Angeles.
Mainstream media outlet CNBC is reporting the following "Key Points" that have been confirmed thus far from the still-developing tragic news story:
- * Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (41), and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died Sunday morning in a fatal California helicopter crash that killed seven others.
* There were no survivors in the crash around 10 a.m. in Calabasas, Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
* The three other people killed were a teammate of Gianna's, the teammate's parent and the pilot. An investigation is ongoing.
During their highly-anticipated WWE Royal Rumble 2020 pay-per-view on Sunday evening, the WWE Universe paid tribute to the basketball legend shortly after the news broke and began spreading throughout the general public due to early breaking news reports.
Featured below is just some of the early coverage WWE and its' various Superstars have posted online and on social media regarding the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and several others.
WWE is saddened by the passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. We extend our condolences to their family, fans and loved ones. https://t.co/uI2iShWSB0— WWE (@WWE) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant was the reason I played basketball with so much love.— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) January 26, 2020
I'm so sorry to the entire Bryant family.
Tonight is for you.
Absolutely gutted to hear that Kobe Bryant and his daughter have passed away. Koby was one of my favorite NBA players to ever play the sport. Prayers to his wife and family. #RIPKobe— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) January 26, 2020
Sending strength and my prayers to Vanessa, the Bryant family and all of the families affected by this tragedy. Life is so precious. Hold your loved ones close to your heart always. pic.twitter.com/sxz5SRiznu— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) January 26, 2020
In addition to the above WWE-related tweets regarding the very unfortunate news on Sunday of Kobe Bryant and several additional passengers passing away as a result of a bad helicopter crash, several high-profile celebrities, current-and-former United States Presidents and others have taken to social media to address the sad subject.
Featured below are some tweets from the likes of U.S. President Donald Trump, former U.S. President Barack Obama, former Los Angeles Lakers players and longtime friends and peers of Bryant's such as Shaquille O'Neal and Earvin "Magic" Johnson commenting on the news.
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
.....Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
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
There's no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It's hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players. pic.twitter.com/NXsrXmCkkG— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020