In the wake of this news, Ellen Degeneres shared an emotional monologue about Kobe on her show.
Countless fans and celebrities have been paying tribute and sharing their condolences on social media.
Sunday night's Grammy Awards paid their respects to Kobe and his daughter by opening the show with Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men singing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in his honor.
After the show, Alicia shared to Instagram. "Tonight was tough but we made it through," she wrote. "Life is too short and unexpected. Kobe and Gianna lifted us up tonight."
"This honestly doesn’t make sense....I just saw you man," Kevin wrote.
"This hurts my heart. God please place your hands on his family and help guide them thru this unbearable time. We love you forever man...Legends never die!!!! #MambaMentality #RIP.... RIP to the other passengers as well as sending prayers to their families."
"My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through," Kim wrote.
"This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it. I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families of all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend"
"Heavy heart today... to the family, please know how much he impacted all of our lives and will live on in our hearts," Vin wrote. "Sending the deepest of condolences to all involved. Our prayers... for the family of this true hero."
"Life is so fragile. This is the kind of loss that makes you deeply reflective. My prayers to Vanessa, her children and all of those who love Kobe and Gigi," Jada wrote on Instagram along with this photo of Kobe and his daughter.
"This is a hard one. My heart is broken and bleeding everywhere today. This tragedy happened only a few miles from where I am. It’s heavy and it’s painful."
Jennifer shared a series of photos of Kobe with his family, writing: "We are all feeling sadness from this loss, but all I can think of is that it is a grain of sand compared to what Vanessa must going through right now."
"I am sending all of my love and praying for you, your children and the other families involved in today’s tragic turn of events. The most unfair thing in life is to lose a child and husband on the same day. Vanessa, I pray for your strength and that God guides you each step of the way through this unimaginable heartbreak."
She broke down in an emotional monologue, speaking about Kobe on her show yesterday.
"Thank you for being here. I appreciate it today more than ever," she said.
"I had mentioned before that we tape this show in advance, and we taped yesterday's show last week," she said beginning to tear up.
"Yesterday was supposed to be a celebratory day," she said. "And then we got tragic news about Kobe Bryant."
"That's what I want to talk about. Life is short and it's fragile. And we don't know how many birthdays we have."
"And if you haven't told someone you love them, do it now. Do it. Tell people you love them," she said.
She went on to thank the audience for everything they did to be there, and thank her wife for her unwavering support.
Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to Kobe's family and the other families affected by this tragedy.