There are figures in the entertainment world that transcend genres and touch the lives of many. One of those was retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday morning (Jan. 28) in Calabasas, California after a helicopter he was traveling in crashed. He was 41.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, there were no survivors of the crash and all five people on board perished, including one of Bryant's daughters. An investigation is ongoing.

The crash comes one day after Bryant was passed by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. According to ESPN, James inscribed his sneakers with "Mamba 4 Life" and "8/24 KB" in gold marker before the game, showing respect for Bryant, an 18-time All-Star with the Lakers who is eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.

As you might expect, the impact of Bryant's death is being felt by many basketball fans and admirers in the entertainment industry. Below is a sampling of reactions from the rock and metal community:

Paul Stanley (KISS)

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333)

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)

Billy Idol

David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

Telle Smith (The Word Alive)

Selfish Things


Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills)

Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down)

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory)

Riki Rachtman

Phil Labonte (All That Remains)

Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)

Jeff Scott Soto (Sons of Apollo)

Ice-T (Body Count)

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves)

Travis Barker (Blink-182)

Chuck D. (Prophets of Rage)

Papa Roach

Eddie Trunk

Clint Lowery (Sevendust)

Phil Demmel (Vio-Lence)

Chris Fronzak (Attila)

Joe Bonamassa


Jack Osbourne

Scott Stapp

Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo)

Gilby Clarke (Ex-Guns N' Roses)

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