His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on the plane, along with seven other people. There were no survivors.
Despite being best known as an athlete, Bryant's death has shaken celebrities from across the music world.
The likes of Drake, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift and many others have paid homage to the late basketball player, his daughter and the other victims on social media.
See some of those posts below.
We lost a King. 824— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 26, 2020
My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can't fathom what the families are going through. Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 26, 2020
😢😢😢 Sending prayers for the Bryant family for strength during this time🙏🏾🤦🏾♀️😢— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 26, 2020
Unbelievable https://t.co/PGh0Cz1CLr— Cadence Weapon (@cadenceweapon) January 26, 2020
RIP KOBE— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) January 26, 2020