Ice Cube Sent Kobe Bryant A Text After His Death Hoping He’d Respond

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The world was shocked upon hearing the tragic news that Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash alongside one of his daughters and seven other people. Some didn’t believe the news at first.

This includes one of his closest friends in the entertainment industry, hip-hop mogul and actor Ice Cube. When Ice Cube first heard the news, he decided he had to text Kobe, just to see if he’d respond, knowing that his friend had most likely passed in the accident.

Ice Cube appeared on ESPN to talk about Kobe Bryant and his feelings about the loss of this star athlete, and the effect it has had on Los Angeles, home to the L.A. Lakers. Asked who the first person he called when he heard the news that Kobe had passed, Ice Cube admits he only had one number that immediately came to his mind.

“Kobe. To see if he would hit me back. And when I didn’t get it back, you don’t immediately start to worry because he’s Kobe and he always gets back sooner or later. It’s just true. I just toss and turn all night thinking about Vanessa. And his daughters. Thinking about his mother and his father. His sisters. Thinking about Vanessa’s parents. Just everyone in his immediate life that loved him. What they lost. I know what we lost as fans.”

13-year-old Gianna Maria-Onore passed away alongside her father Kobe Bryant in the crash that occurred on Sunday, January 26. Also inside the helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas, California were John Altobelli, Orange Coast College head baseball coach, Kerri Altobelli, the coach’s wife, and Alyssa Altobelli, who was Gianna’s basketball teammate.

The interview comes from the official ESPN Twitter. The crash is still under investigation. It is believed that fog and other severe weather played a role in the accident. More is expected to be reported on the true cause of the crash in the next few days.

Source: Movieweb

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  1. I was at home when I heard the news, around 8pm GMT. I’d just sat down on the sofa for a rest and opened the Instagram app to see a photo of Kobe Bryant and something like ‘RIP to the greatest’ from another NBA player. I was a bit confused, but didn’t want to make any assumptions to opened BBC News where the headline was ‘NBA Legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash’.

    It’s the first time in my life that I’ve been saddened to the brink of tears on hearing of the death of somebody I never met.

    When I was younger a family friend got me into basketball. It’s not that big in the UK. At the time Michael Jordan was at his prime and I loved watching Michael play. Then I remember seeing a young kid – who probably looked the same age as me at the time, ~13 – playing for the LA Lakers and that was it, from that moment on I was a Lakers and Kobe fan.

    Since my mid-teens he’s been my idol. He was the greatest player ever to me, and really seems to be a good guy away from the game too.


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