Bryant was one of nine people killed when the 41-year-old’s helicopter crashed and Gerrard, who spent time in LA during his time in MLS, took to social media to show his respects.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, there were a total of nine people on board the aircraft which crashed near Calabasas.
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, an 18-time NBA All-Star and earned the MVP title in 2008, playing for the LA Lakers throughout his career – and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history.
The NBA legend was a keen football fan, supporting AC Milan after growing up in Italy and was actively involved with MLS, taking part in a media day recently with the US league to launch a new commercial partnership.
Gerrard wasn’t the only Rangers man to pay tribute to Kobe, with players past and present posting about his passing with James Tavernier, Mo Edu and Ale Bedoya also showing their respects:
Rest Easy Legend 💙 pic.twitter.com/hrhVNOaHxl
— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) January 26, 2020
I’m shook right now. Just so tragic and sad. 😢 🙏
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) January 26, 2020
Devastating news! Your impact and legacy on and off the court will live forever! A true legend. We miss you already Kobe! Prayers to your beautiful family! RIP https://t.co/RTZCLfP8AI
— Maurice Edu (@MauriceEdu) January 26, 2020