Kobe and Gianna Bryant's Public Memorial: Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez And Others Attend
It is nearing one month since basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, lost their lives. Their public memorial was held on Monday evening
It has been almost a month since basketball legend, Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash and his memory continues to live on. At the news of his death, as well as the death of his 13-year-old daughter, condolences and messages and well wishes poured in immediately and spread across social media. Over the course of the month, many have been taking to social media to pay tribute to the father and daughter duo. And now, to mark the significance of February 24th, a public memorial was held to honour the legend.
Vanessa Bryant speaks at the memorial
Fans and loved ones gathered at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Monday to honour the late Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant with a celebration of life service. And here’s why the 24th of February was significant. Two was the number on Gianna's basketball jersey and 24 was the number on Kobe's jersey. The number 20 represented both the number of years Kobe played for the Lakers and the number of years he was with his wife Vanessa Bryant.
Many attendees arrived at the Los Angeles Staples Center—which has often been referred to as "the house that Kobe built"—in their Lakers attire and were given booklets featuring photos of the Bryant family. A number of athletes and celebrities attended the public memorial. From Beyoncé and Jay Z to Shaquil O’Neil and Jimmy Kimmel, a number of famous faces were spotted at the service. Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera performed and Jimmy Kimmel, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan gave moving speeches.
Friends and family members attended the celebration of life, as well. At one point, Vanessa paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna in a touching speech. "The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting," she said during her speech. "Thank you so much for all your prayers," she continued.