Los Angeles, CA - Monday, February 24, 2020
Thousands of Black Mamba fans and mourners gathered at the Staples Center pay tribute to the Lakers star, Kobe Bean Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant who were killed along with seven others last month in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA.
Inside the memorial, celebrities and friends shared personal moments and spoke on the life Kobe Bryant. Some of those included Michael Jordan, Shaquille O' Neal, Beyonce, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kobe's parents, Joe "Jellybean" and Pam Bryant, as well as his wife and children that he left to carry his legacy. Vanessa Bryant, widow of Kobe Bryant, filled a highly emotional room with strength and enlightenment when she spoke on the legacy of both Kobe and Gigi. As she held back tears, a long pause was followed by a deep breath. Vanessa, then confidently stated to a crowd of 30,000 grieving onlookers, "God knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them to Heaven together... Babe, we're still the best team." Her words were inspiring.
Outside the area, a sea of approximately 100,000+ supporters from all of over the United States marched along the side of the arena to be near the arena and show their gratitude for Kobe's contribution to their life. Watch the video below to see how Kobe's life was celebrated.
Note: January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant, died in a fatal helicopter crash on the way to their Mambacita's basketball game in Thousand Oaks, California along with John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli (daughter), Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester (daughter), and pilot Ara Zobayan.
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