The ugly incident took place today, Sunday, December 26 and also claimed the life of his daughter 13 year old and two others.
According to TMZ, the 41-year-old was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky.
Nigerian celebrities and others across the world are already mourning the demise of the great football legend.
Bryant played for two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before retiring after the 2016 season.
Below are some of the reactions from Davido, Toke Makinwa, Beverly Naya and others.
Kemi Adetiba: “I’m in shock. No words. Absolutely no words. I’ll have to come back for the words #BlackMamba”
Davido: ” No be so … heartbreaking ? – ”
Leo Da Silva: ” Rest easy to a man that made me love basketball. R.I.P Mamba ?
Toke Makinwa: “Lord noooo, hearing his daughter was on board too. This is so sad, like why???? Gosh I’m sick to my stomach. This is heart wrenching, not Kobe, whaaaaat!!!! Just like that? God pls console his family, such a legend, too sad. #BlackMamba #RipKobe. Life is indeed but a dream, Lord teach us to number our days, so that we can apply wisdom. Rest In Peace to the black mamba, so sad, #RipKobe Black Mamba ??????? Nooooooo.”
Beverly Naya: “Kobe Bryant ?, can’t even believe this. RIP, no words!”