Rafael Nadal reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death: “I am in shock”

NBA legend and Lakers star Kobe Bryant (41) was among nine people who died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Southern California.

Rafael Nadal took to Twitter to react to the passing of one of the greatest basketball players:

I woke up this morning with the horrible news of the tragic death of one of the greatest sportsman in the world. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and other passengers. My condolences to his wife and families. I am in shock.

Rest in peace, Kobe!

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23 comments

  1. I am still at a loss for words. This is just so heartbreaking. My prayers are with his family and loved ones.

    I am outraged that the pilot was given clearance to fly in “foggy” conditions.

  2. “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” perfectly describes fan love. Out of 20 comments on this post 16 are spam. Have you no shame?

  3. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FEISTY STRIKING VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) YOUR PHYSIO IS SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVED HIS DELIGHTFUL GENUINE PRETTY SMILE!!!!!!:) VAMOS GOAT RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SOLID AND SO POWERFUL OUT THERE……BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE BRILLIANT AT TIE BREAK SWEETHEART AND WE ARE UTTERLY IMPRESSED WITH YOUR MAGICAL TENNIS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY CELEBRATING WITH YOUR LOVED ONES AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT AND LOTS OF JOY AND HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVED EVERYTHING……EVERY POINT….EVERY MOVE EVERY GORGEOUS ADORABLE EXPRESSION!!!!!!:) YOUR PASSION AND DRIVE ARE BEYOND WORDS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  4. Rafael Nadal-always respectful and thoughtful of fellow athletes. We share your sentiments, and
    honour an inspiring athlete, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna, along with other individuals
    who were aboard the helicopter.

  5. GO RAFA GO!!!!!:) SUCH GORGEOUS HUNKY STAR!!!!!!!!!!:) BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SO GOOD AT TIE BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO AND YOUR PRECIOUS FOCUS IS SO SPECIAL AS YOUR IGNITING DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SPLENDID 3RD SET WIN CHAMP LEADING 2:1 VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SOLID!!!!!:) FEISTY!!!!!!!!:) GOAT RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND LOVE WATCHING YOUR GLADIATOR SPARKLING MOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING SWEETHEART AND KEEP STRIDING WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL GROVE!!!!!!:) YOUR COURT COVERAGE IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!:) SO IS YOUR BLESSED ENDURANCE AND EFFECTIVE PRECIOUS SERVE!!!!!!!:) SOLID TIE BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    OXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  6. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SO GOOD AT TIE BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO AND YOUR PRECIOUS FOCUS IS SO SPECIAL AS YOUR IGNITING DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SPLENDID 3RD SET WIN CHAMP LEADING 2:1 VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SOLID!!!!!:) FEISTY!!!!!!!!:) GOAT RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND LOVE WATCHING YOUR GLADIATOR SPARKLING MOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING SWEETHEART AND KEEP STRIDING WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL GROVE!!!!!!:) YOUR COURT COVERAGE IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!:) SO IS YOUR BLESSED ENDURANCE AND EFFECTIVE PRECIOUS SERVE!!!!!!!:) SOLID TIE BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    OXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  7. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SO GOOD AT TIE BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SPLENDID 3RD SET WIN LEADING 2:1 VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SOLID!!!!!:) FEISTY!!!!!!!!:) GOAT RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND LOVE WATCHING YOUR GLADIATOR SPARKLING MOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING SWEETHEART AND KEEP STRIDING WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL GROVE!!!!!!:) YOUR COURT COVERAGE IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!:)XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  8. GLIDING AND SLIDING……..YOU LOOK STUNNING OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!:) IMPRESSIVE MOUNTING STRIKING ACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR SPEED AND STRENGTH AND ENERGY ARE ALL MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO WE LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

  9. BEAUTIFUL CLASSY COURT PRESENCE!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!:) WE APPRECIATE YOUR GORGEOUS SPORTSMANSHIP AND POWERFUL STRONG PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXO. YOU ARE THE BETTER, STRONGER PLAYER!!!!!!!:) KEEP SMILING !!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOTS OF LOVE SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXXOXOXOXOXOXO

  10. BEAUTIFUL CLASSY COURT PRESENCE!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!:) WE APPRECIATE YOUR GORGEOUS SPORTSMANSHIP AND POWERFUL STRONG PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  11. GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART…….KEEP GOING!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!:) UMPIRE MUST DO HIS JOB AND TELL OFF VOCAL INTRUSION DURING PLAY…… GO RAFA GO……..XOXOXOXOXO

  12. VAMOS SWEETHEART…….KEEP GOING!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!:) UMPIRE MUST DO HIS JOB AND TELL OFF VOCAL INTRUSION DURING PLAY…… GO RAFA GO……..XOXOXOXOXO

  13. TRAGIC, MAY KOBE’S FAMILY BE COMFORTED.

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!:) YOU ARE SOLID!!!!!!!!:) BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!:) GORGEOUS FEISTY 1ST SET 6:3 WIN!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR PRECIOUS RETURNS…….EFFECTIVE SERVE…..2 SPARKLY ACES…….BEAUTIFUL ENERGY AND YOUR BLESSED STRONG COURT COMMAND!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND SO DOES THE AU CROWD!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY SWEETHEART!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

  14. I’m in shock too. Very sad news about the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. I know Rafa had a lot of admiration and respect for Kobe and the sports world will be rocked by this tragedy. I can only imagine the pain that the family is going through. Devastating!

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