WASHINGTON, January 27, 2020 — The sudden death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant Sunday prompted reactions not only from the sports world, but from political figures as well.
Bryant reportedly died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday morning. The news was first reported by TMZ. The Associated Press later confirmed Sunday afternoon that Bryant, his teenage daughter and three others were killed in the crash. President Trump reacted to the news of Bryant’s death in a Sunday afternoon tweet.
Former President Barack Obama also honored the “legend on the court” in a tweet.
Former Vice President Joe Biden reacted to the news of Bryant’s death during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa Sunday. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti paid tribute to Bryant as well, saying that he “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles.”
Taking a break from impeachment trial-related duties, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mourned the basketball star’s death in a tweet. The Congressional Black Caucus of the United States Congress praised Bryant for his accomplishments that “surpassed sports.”