For India, the first reports of Kobe Bryant's passing away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California came in the very early hours of Monday (January 27th).
Most probably more than half the nation would have been asleep then. By the time the sun rose on a new week for India, it had been confirmed that 'The Black Mamba' and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine killed in the crash.
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Bryant was a global icon.
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He was among the most popular and most polarizing athletes, maybe of all time. The stature of Indian personalities that were sending their love and prayers to Bryant's family shows the level of respect the 5-time NBA Champion had garnered halfway across the world.
Saddened to hear about the tragic demise of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna & others on-board the helicopter.- Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 27, 2020
My condolences to his family, friends and fans across the world. #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/N8B4Tcr4KU
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RIP Kobe and Gigi 😢💔 He was my idol. My favorite player growing up. You will be missed. My prayers are with all families involved in this tragedy. This news has left me disbelief. My heart is shattered. There will never be another Kobe Bryant. Basketball will never be the same without you. #GOAT #8 #24
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Absolutely devastated to hear this news today. So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court that I would be mesmerized by. Life is so unpredictable and fickle. His daughter Gianna passed away too in the crash. Iam absolutely Heartbroken. Rest in peace. Strength and condolences to the family 🙏
Noooooo! 💔 shocked about Kobe! He was one of the greatest and such an inspiration. Absolutely gutted. RIP. Strength to his family. #KobeBryant just can't believe it.- Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) January 27, 2020
Condolences to the family of a man who was a true legend and an inspiration to many throughout the world ♥️ #RIPMamba #RIPKobeBryant @kobebryant pic.twitter.com/f48TaLDHYy- 3X3BL (@3X3BL) January 27, 2020
Deeply distressing news to wake up to. Kobe will always be an icon whose legend transcended the sport. #MambaOut pic.twitter.com/cq8tST6qoo- Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 27, 2020
What a tragic news early in the morning. @kobebryant You showed us human excellence. Your contribution will be remembered forever. Om Shanti! #BlackMamba #KobeByrant #KobeRIP- Divya Singh (दिव्या सिंह )🇮🇳 (@Divyasingh04) January 27, 2020
A sporting icon! You will be missed legend. May you and Gianna rest in peace 💔 pic.twitter.com/9WMcs2ANsT- K L Rahul (@klrahul11) January 27, 2020
Speechless,the world has lost a Legendary Athlete,R.I.P The #BlackMamba of Basketball, Kobe Bryant & his daughter,Gianna.- Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 27, 2020
What u have done for so many kids including my niece whom u inspired to play basketball every day of her childhood,may u both comfort each other in heaven🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/qwQ8CffQ5F
I'm in shock. This is so so sad. Pray the he rests in peace. #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/6We8i3EMOQ- Rannvijay Singha (@rannvijaysingha) January 26, 2020
Heartbreaking to wake up to news like this 💔. He had no clue who this basketball loving bollywood actress was, but he was warm, he was funny and he was inclusive. #RIPKobe #RIPGianna 😢 pic.twitter.com/2ynFVQ6lrn- Lara Dutta Bhupathi (@LaraDutta) January 27, 2020
I remember the only jersey of a basketball player I have ever worn is @kobebryant. A Legend and an inspiration to the world is no more. Can't believe . Deeply saddened pic.twitter.com/Sf2gMa88EJ- akanksha singh (@AkankshaSingh4) January 27, 2020
"Heroes come and go. But legends are forever!"- Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant #OmShanti pic.twitter.com/ekHTpTy7H1
#RIPKobeBryant & his little girl. So sad. Life is so unpredictable. pic.twitter.com/CgUdIt9Wbt- Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) January 27, 2020
Life is so unpredictable! RIP #KobeBryant and Gianna. My condolences with all the families of those who lost their lives in the helicopter crash.#RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/48S5X6wXKk- Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) January 27, 2020
For many people, Kobe was basketball in their growing up years, many became NBA fans because of Kobe. May him and his young daughter, Gianna rest in peace #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/xoJp3vglk0- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 27, 2020
Very sad to hear about the fatal accident of the great basketball player #KobeBryant and others on board.- Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 27, 2020
An illustrious ambassador of the sport.
My condolences to the family and fans. Om Shanti 🙏
What a tragedy. #KobeBryant. #GiannaBryant RIP- Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 27, 2020
Deepest condolences to his family and wish them strength at this time of unimaginable grief. @kobebryant
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant Family and others involved in the tragedy. Kobe was an icon and an inspiration for many athletes. His unfortunate passing is a loss to world sports. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/4nbSBbhW46- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 27, 2020
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Still can't believe he is gone. It will take long time to get through this untimely demise. Besides being one of the greatest player what made him special was a dotting father. His life has been great source of inspiration for me. Rest in peace Black Mamba #legend #foreverinourhearts #blackmamba #nba #gonetoosoon
A very sad news to wake up Legend Kobe Bryant dies in California #RIPKobeByrant 🙏🙏- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 27, 2020
Achieved greatness in 41 years which will exist forever in the world. #KobeLivesForever #kobebryant- प्रशांति सिंह (@prashanti14) January 27, 2020