Cheryl says Kobe Bryant's death aged 41 is 'heart shattering' as stars pay tribute

CHERYL Tweedy has paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after his "heart shattering" death aged 41.

UK stars mourned the legendary basketball player on social media last night, after reports of his tragic passing spread across the pond.

The LA Lakers icon and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

Writing on Twitter Brit singer Cheryl, 36, said: "Oh my good god no. How utterly heart shattering ???? I cant stop thinking about his wife and children.

"Thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this devastating time."

Piers Morgan also reached out on Twitter, calling the news "desperately sad".


He added: "Few bigger icons in the history of world sport than Kobe Bryant."

Ryan Thomas, who has daughter Scarlett, posted a photo of Kobe hugging his Gianna, and typed: "A father & daughter bond is like no other, to take both there lives in such a horrific way is something I can’t comprehend"

And Lewis Hamilton shared: "I just woke up to this devastating news and i’m so sad to hear that we lost one of our greats."

Basketball player and Love Island 2018 star Ovie Soko shared a photo of the sportsman on the court, with a string of prayer emojis.

Heroes come and go but legends are forever.Kobe Bryant.RIP Black Mamba and beautiful Gianna Maria Onore, you legends. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and my heart breaks for you all ? Tonight the whole world mourns. @kobebryant

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Every bit of love and strength I have I am sending to the family and loved ones of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and to the unnamed parent and child and pilot who also lost their lives today. ? I cannot even begin to imagine the pain they feel right now. I am so sorry this has happened. A loss beyond words.?

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Elsewhere, fellow basketball player Michael Jordan has issued a statement, and said: "I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling.

"I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often and I will miss those conversations very much."

President Trump called the reports of Bryant's death "terrible news."

And former US President Barack Obama mourned the "heartbreaking" loss of the NBA great and his teenage daughter.

Kim Kardashian shared a photo of Kobe and Gianna, telling fans her "heart is heavy".

My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it. I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families of all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend

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She added: "No woman should ever experience what Vanessa is going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and baby girl. I cry just thinking’s about it."

Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa, and daughters Natalia, 15, three-year-old Bianka, and Capri, who was born last year.

TMZ was the first to confirm that the 41-year-old and his daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the private helicopter went down at around 10 a.m. PST.

 

There are no indications yet as to why the helicopter carrying Bryant crashed in Calabassas, near Malibu.

Kobe was 21 when he met his future wife Vanessa, who was 17 years old at the time.

They recently celebrated their 20 year anniversary.

Writing on Instagram, he said: "On this day 20 years ago I met my best friend, my Queen @vanessabryant I decided to take her on a date to Disneyland tonight to celebrate old school style (pre 4princesses) I love you my mamacita per sempre"

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