Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial was held to celebrate the lives of the loss of the legend and his daughter. Kobe Bryant, a famous American professional basketball player who used to play for Los Angeles Lakers, lost his life in a helicopter crash in Calabasas in California on January 26, 2020. In the same incident, Kobe Bryant’s 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant and other seven family friends died. Kobe was flying in the helicopter along with his daughter, who was also a potential basketball player, for a basketball competition in the Thousand Oaks at the Bryant’s Mamba Academy.
There has been speculation going on for several days since the crash of the helicopter. However, with proper investigation and reports, it has been found that due to dense fog, the helicopter was struggling immensely and crashed into one side of the hills in Calabasas. On the very next day of the incident, it was reported that due to blunt force trauma, Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and other members who were in the helicopter died.
Who attended the mourning ceremony?
In the memory of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant, a public memorial was held on Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Almost a month after the saddening and extremely distressing helicopter crash, Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial was held to celebrate the lives of the Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, his talented daughter Gianna Bryant and other who died in the helicopter crash. At Staples Center, renowned singers and celebrities, sportspersons, and hundreds and thousands of fans made their presence at the mourning ceremony. At Staples Center, the mourning ceremony for Kobe and Gianna Bryant lasted for more than two hours. Everyone pays their respect and tribute to the Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial in Los Angeles.
What did Vanessa Bryant do at the ceremony?
Venessa Bryant made a eulogy for her husband and daughter at the Staples Center during the Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial service. Since the helicopter crash, it was only at the memorial service; Vanessa Bryant made her first public speech about the sudden demise of her superstar husband and talented daughter. Everyone who was present at the ceremony or watching the mourning ceremony directly on television had tears in their eyes. She seemed strong yet very emotional while delivering her eulogy in front of the hundreds and thousands of people who have always admired and respected the Los Angeles Laker superstar.
Vanessa Bryant’s speech was deeply moving for everyone who watched and listened to her eulogy. Surprisingly, without getting broken down, the widow of Kobe, Vanessa Bryant, stood and delivered her message with immense grace and courage. She shared heart-touching personal stories and several unforgettable beautiful family memories with the ones who came to Staples Center for Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s Memorial service.
How did the memorial program start?
At Staples Center, the two-hour Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial program started with the voice of Kobe Bryant. At the same time, all the audience got to witness a video montage of interviews and memorable moments of Kobe Bryant’s fascinating 20-year basketball playing career. The video also featured some beautiful moments that Gianna had with her father during her basketball training.
What were the key moments from Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s Memorial service?
Apart from Vanessa Bryant’s heart-warming eulogy, there were also a few uplifting performances by famous American singers, Beyonce Knowles and Alicia Keys. The Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s Memorial service was attended by Jimmy Kemmel, a comedian and talk show host. Beyonce, Jimmy, and Alice used to be the closest friends of Kobe Bryant. Beyonce Knowles sang two songs that were Kobe’s favorites.
Shaquille O’Neal, who used to play with Kobe Bryant for Los Angeles Lakers during the initial phase of the 2000s, shared some memorable incidents with the crowd at the jam-packed Staples Center. In his mourning speech, Shaquille O’Neal mentioned that he and Kobe used to share a healthy relationship while playing basketball together. O’Neal said that both used to stay beside one another during tough competitions while they were representing the Los Angeles Lakers.
After Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys performed at the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial. She played the piano and sung a heartwarming rendition of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata.’ Alicia, before her performance, mentioned in her speech at the memorial service that Kobe Bryant had learned playing piano and Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ for his wife, Vanessa Bryant. Alicia’s respect towards Kobe could be felt by everyone at the Staples Center, as she completed her performance with tears in her eyes and said that Staples Center is the house that Kobe Bryant built.
Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, took the stage in Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial service and shared with everyone about him and Kobe’s friendship. He could not resist his tears while giving a speech in tribute to Kobe, his daughter Gianna and other members who died in the terrible crash.
The vice-president and general manager of Los Angeles Laker, Rob Pelinka, also took the stage and revealed that he was having a text conversation with Kobe Bryant while he was in the helicopter. Both Kobe and her daughter Gianna Bryant used to share a close relationship with Rob Pelinka. Gianna used to regard Pelinka as her Godfather.
Who was present at the memorial service from the women’s basketball arena?
To show respect and tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, three of the eminent women basketball players made their presence and delivered their eulogy at Staples Center. The women’s basketball personalities spoke at the ceremony were Diana Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu, and Geno Auriemma, who is the coach of Connecticut. ‘Women basketball deserves your attention,’ – the one message that Kobe and Gianna Bryants’s memorial service made everyone realized.
Till the final day, both Kobe and Gianna have wanted to promote women’s basketball all across the US. On hearing the back-to-back speech of the three women personalities from the basketball arena, everyone understood that Kobe had a dream to propagate the game of women’s basketball and receive appreciation from every quarter. Kobe had been trying his level best to drive appreciation for women’s basketball. Even, Gianna Bryant had expressed her wish to Geno Auriemma, to represent the University of Connecticut.