Kobe Bryant sent a message to Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef hours before he died in a tragic helicopter crash on Sunday.
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in the crash near Calabasas, California. Bryant was 41.
Shareef O’Neal, whose father was a teammate and longtime friend of Bryant’s, shared their brief encounter on Twitter after the news of Bryant’s death broke.
“Literally this morning you reached out to me,” he wrote alongside a screenshot of the message. “I love you forever unc.”
The screenshot showed that Bryant messaged him “You good fam?” at 8:19 a.m. on Sunday.
—Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) January 26, 2020
O’Neal replied, “Yeah! Just been getting this work in trying to figure out my next move,” adding, “How you been?”
He never received a reply.
O’Neal, 20, a college basketball star who most recently played for the UCLA Brui