Death is inevitable. No matter how long we live, we will die. But sometimes, it appears that some people are taken much sooner than expected.
Since Sunday, there has been an outpouring of shock across social media following the death of NBA Hall of Famer and one of the world’s most celebrated basketball icons Kobe Bryant.
Bryant was a passenger on a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas in Los Angeles. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who was following in his footsteps as a rising basketball star herself, was one of those who died in the crash.
As the world mourns the 41-year-old basketball legend and daughter, here are other black celebrity deaths that shocked everyone: