LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Shaq, and the world react to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant

Tragedy struck on Sunday, as NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, among seven others, including one of his daughters, 13-year-old Gianna.

The tragic passing of the 41-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star, his daughter, and those on board was met with shock and mourning:

LeBron James was among those hit hardest by the news. He was seen breaking down on the tarmac at LAX when the Lakers landed in Los Angeles and he was informed of the tragedy.

On Monday evening, LeBron weighed in on the unfathomable loss.

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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾

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The NBA announced Monday that Tuesday night’s scheduled game between the Lakers and Clippers would be postponed. The Lakers issued a statement, the team’s first public comments since the crash:

Of course, LeBron and the rest of the Lakers’ legends were far from alone in expressing their sorrow, as the entire world, both in and out of sports, mourned:

Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, and former NBA MVP, as well as an 18-time All-Star. His 33,643 career regular season points is good for fourth on the all-time scoring list; he was surpassed on that list on Saturday night by LeBron James, and tweeted his congratulations to James after the game: