The world continues to attempt to process the news that broke Sunday afternoon, that Kobe Bryant passed away at 41 years of age. In the wake of the tragedy involving Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, and many more Florida sports figures have posted their heartfelt reactions online.
Bryant and daughter Gianna, 13, were among the victims of a helicopter crash in the Calabasas area of California Sunday afternoon. Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa and three daughters.
The late Lakers star leaves behind a legacy that will endure the test of time. Bryant retired as a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, an 18-time NBA All-Star... the list goes on.
Kobe's influence spread across the global basketball community as well as other sports like wildfire displaying the kind of passion, discipline, and dedication that was seemingly contagious — constantly making others want to aspire to improve.
Bryant was and will always continue to be a role model for anyone who was lucky enough to witness his greatness, and the impact he made is clear among sports stars who had deep ties and personal relationships with him.
Multiple sports figures from the Florida community joined the flood of tributes, dedications, and condolences that have been ongoing throughout the internet since the tragic news broke.
Among these are Dwyane Wade, David Beckham, Shaquille O'Neal, Pat Riley and more. Dwyane Wade took to social media rather quickly once the news of Kobe's death hit the media.
Wade's Instagram stories play like somewhat of an instant and heartbreaking reaction of a fan, friend and colleague of Kobe's.
With tears in his eyes and shaking in his voice, Wade's story is flooded with videos of him sharing his feelings, posting inspiring video clips and images that captured the joy and energy that Bryant brought to not only Wade's life but to the world.
One of Wade's posts included images of him and Kobe as they faced each other on the court over the years.
The Miami Heat fan base is aware of Wade's legendary status within the NBA. But during these trying times, all of Wade's accolades fly out of the window and all that really shines through is a friend who is very hurt over this loss.
"Earning your respect meant everything. #mambamentality," reads Wade's Instagram caption.
Dwyane Wade won his first NBA title in 2006 alongside Shaquille O'Neal, who is also taking this loss as hard as one could expect.
Shaq had one of the most complex, yet deepest relationships with Kobe.
Before arriving to the Miami Heat, Shaq played alongside Kobe in Los Angeles and the two won multiple NBA titles together having gone down in NBA history as one of the most dominating duos the league has ever seen.
While O'Neal's touching caption is quite long, the ending pretty much capitulates how the vast majority of us have been feeling. "I'M SICK RIGHT NOW."
David Beckham is also feeling the sting of Bryant's death.
Beckham lived in Los Angeles for a large part of his life and has admitted that the West Coast city holds a special place in his heart. The Inter Miami co-owner was constantly seen at Laker Games.
Beckham also left a lengthy caption that touches on topics from his admiration of Kobe as an athlete to his respect for him as a family man.
"Kobe always talked about Vanessa and his beautiful girls and how proud he was of them. Kobe's passion was his family and basketball."
The world will continue to mourn this tragic event as investigations concerning the helicopter crash develop.
While nothing can take away the pain of losing their friend Kobe, their memories with him will live forever along with his legacy in the world of basketball.