Latinx Celebrities Mourn Kobe Bryant's Death
The world mourns the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in with his teen daughter Gianna, the pilot, and six other passengers. In the wake of the news, Latinx stars have shown their heartbreak on social media, sending their condolences to Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, and remembering the beloved basketball player.
“I’ve never been much of a sports fan but Kobe Bryant was a hero to me and it was his words and way of thinking and living that lifted me up during times where I felt like I couldn’t get off the ground,” Camila Cabello wrote on Instagram. “When I was 16 and going through what felt like an excruciatingly painful period in my life, I first saw Kobe’s MUSE documentary, and the mamba mentality is the only thing got me through every single performance. He was fighting inner demons, and so was I, and the way he used them to fuel his game on the court made me feel like I could use them to fuel me onstage. At my weakest moments I would channel a different person like he did, because when I felt broken and lost offstage, he taught me how to use my own pain, he taught me how to access strength I didn’t know I had, because on my worst days, I thought of Kobe and suddenly I could do things I didn’t think I could do.”
“May this glory of basketball be in God’s glory as well as all of these families,” reggaeton singer Ozuna wrote. “Love one another because you never know when your last day will be.”
“So sad, it seems so unreal,” Daddy Yankee wrote. “RIP Mamba!”
“Lord, our beloved father, please give strength to Vanessa Bryant, who not only lost her husband but her daughter. My heart is broken in pieces. This is a nightmare,” Puerto Rican singer Ivy Queen wrote.
Rapper Kehlani also shared a photo of Kobe with his wife and three of his daughters, including Gianna, who dreamed of becoming a basketball star like her famous father.
Actress Eva Longoria also shared a sweet photo of the NBA star and his daughter with the message, “Rest in peace.”
“I still can’t believe it,” wrote Nicky Jam. “May you rest in peace.”
“Beyond sad to hear the news of the loss of a real legend and a true gentleman on and off the court. Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant,” Colombian singer Juanes wrote. “Love and prayers for your family and the families of all those lost today. I stand up and applaud his career.”