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.

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.