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Celebrities, athletes and politicians react to the death of Kobe Bryant

The 41-year-old basketball star died when his helicopter went down in California.
In this Dec. 1, 2015 file photo Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles as he jogs to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

CALABASAS, Calif. (WTHR) – The former NBA star died in a helicopter crash in Malibu, California Sunday. Bryant was 41-years-old.

Kobe was known to frequently travel by helicopter as he commuted to various locations around Southern California.

Celebrities and notable names from the world of sports and politics reacted to the shocking news:

Eyewitness News was stunned as the tragic news came in: