Following the news of Former Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant‘s death, alongside his daughter Giana and 7 others, Christian public figures have resulted to dealing with the situation by turning to prayers and words of comfort for Kobe’s family and everyone involved.
The NBA star who had a 20-year career with the Lakers, was tragically killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames in Calabasas, California.
Christian Hip-hop artist Lecrae said he was “physically shaken” over the tragedy. He shared a video of Bryant explaining a basketball game to Gianna while sitting courtside last month.
“Lord We pray for the Bryant family. We pray for all those affected. We pray for the other families of those in the helicopter. We ask that your Spirit would be a comforter. In Jesus name,” he wrote.
Chad Veach, pastor of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, took to Instagram to share a photo of Bryant hugging Gigi.
“devastating… prayers to the Bryant family and all those effected by today’s tragedy,” he wrote. “LA will never be the same… i heard Bill Plaschke talk this week about Kobe being the most important Laker ever. An iconic leader that meant so much to this city and the world… unreal.”
— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) January 26, 2020
Producer DeVon Franklin shared a video of himself praying for Bryant’s family and all affected by the tragic accident.
“Praying for the families and everyone grieving,” he captioned the video.
Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church, tweeted a photo of Bryant along with the caption, “Such a tragedy. Praying for God’s presence and comfort for Kobe’s family.”
Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of Samaritan’s Purse, expressed his sorrow on Facebook.
“Our deepest condolences and prayers for the families of NBA-great Kobe Bryant, his 13-yr-old daughter, and the other victims in this tragic helicopter crash in California today. Please remember them in your prayers,” he wrote.
“Anytime there is tragedy like this, it is a reminder of the brevity of life and that none of us know when we are going to have to stand before God and give an account for our lives. Are you ready?”
Actress Roma Downey tweeted, “Rest in peace Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time (1978-2020).my heart goes out to his wife and children , praying for them and the other families who have lost loved ones in this terrible tragic accident.”
Gospel artist Erica Campbell said her “stomach hurt” over the news.
“LA won’t be the same RIP Kobe and Gianna.”
Kobe Bryant is a practicing Catholic and reportedly attended mass just hours before he was killed the helicopter crash on Sunday, according to Christian Post.
While Bryant’s mass attendance on Sunday morning could not be independently verified, the late basketball legend described in a 2015 GQ interview how his faith helped him survive the turmoil that engulfed his life when he was accused of sexual assault at the age of 24.
Sports journalist Vickie Vix also tweeted that the departed superstar regularly attended mass when he was in San Antonio, Texas.