Buttigieg: America ‘united in mourning’ Kobe Bryant’s death
Democratic presidential hopeful and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg reacted to the news of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday, saying all of America is “united in mourning” his passing.
“It’s shocking and I think we’re all still in shock about what happened, and it’s a reminder that our lives are often touched by people we don’t even meet,” Buttigieg told journalist Chris Wallace at a Fox News town hall in Des Moines, Iowa.
“There are millions of people, not just in Los Angeles, but around the world right now, mourning because they were inspired by what he did on the field, what he meant off the field,” he continued.
“It’s also, of course, such a tough human moment to think about, that he was spending time with his daughter,” he said. “Her loss is unthinkable, as is that of everybody who was on that helicopter, and I think that all of America is united in mourning and sending our love and our thoughts, and of course our prayers to all of the families.”
Bryant, 41, and his daughter, Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday outside of Los Angeles.
Officials said that Bryant and his daughter were passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office said all nine passengers aboard the helicopter died.
A number of other politicians, including President Trump and former President Obama, tweeted their condolences in the wake of Bryant’s death on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Buttigieg’s fellow Democratic contenders, including former Vice President Joe Biden and businessman Andrew Yang also commented on Bryant’s death.
Jill and I are sending our prayers to the Bryant family and to everyone who lost loved ones in today’s crash. It’s a reminder of how special — and fragile — life is. And it’s a reminder that we’ve got to make every day count.
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) January 26, 2020
This is the worst news. Kobe is an all-time great who had his entire life ahead of him. My heart goes out to his family, his fans and the millions of people whose lives he touched. Today Kobe is the greatest of all time. https://t.co/saR4dJ7412
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) January 26, 2020
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