Kobe Memorial: Thousands of mourners ‘gathered’ to pay their respects to Kobe

Kobe and Gianna remembered at Staples Center/Photo: Ryan Young, New York Times

Kobe remembered during memorial. 

Blog King, Mass Appeal

LOS ANGELES — A capacity crowd of 20,000 mourners filled the Staples Center on Monday to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant during a public memorial fit for a monarch. Kobe, 41, lost his life in a fiery helicopter crash a few weeks ago. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were also killed. Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kris Jenner and Steph Curry were among the many celebs in attendance. Beyoncé opened the “Celebration of Life” ceremony with a powerful, seven minute performance that had everybody pulling out Kleenex.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, delivered the event’s most heartfelt eulogy. “Kobe was known as a fierce competitor on the basketball court,” she said while weeping at the podium. “[He was] the greatest of all time, a writer, an Oscar winner and the Black Mamba… I couldn’t see him as a celebrity nor just an incredible basketball player. He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children.”

Michael Jordan also delivered a lachrymose encomium. Ditto for Shaquille O’Neal who informed the audience he and Kobe had a “very complex relationship” but they “pushed each other” to play some of the greatest basketball of all-time. Shaq and Kobe won three titles together in successive seasons.

Hours before the memorial, Vanessa filed a “wrongful death” lawsuit against the helicopter company — Island Express. The claim alleges pilot Ara George Zobayan was “negligent and careless.”

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35 comments

  1. God punished Vanessa for marrying a black man.

  2. Héctor Villalobos

    “No one knows how much time we have. That’s why we must live in the moment. We must enjoy the moment. We must reach and see and spend as much time as we can with our family and friends and people that we love.” – Jordan

  3. Kobe Bryant touched a lot of people lives all a cross the world, cause of his death. He maded people felt like they had loss a family. That how much he was loved cause of his talented basketball playing skills. He brung a lot of excitement to people hearts on & off the court. He a true inspiration to basketball. Lot’s of kid’s looked up to Kobe the same way that they did Michael Jordan. Everybody wanna to people like them, growing as. Kid’s. R.I.P 🐐 Kobe Bryant.

  4. Ow jesus Bey got in !!!! 💯💯⭐💞💞😊🥺🥺🥺

  5. Aaterio Valhalla

    My condolences to everyone that passed away in that helicopter.

  6. Aaterio Valhalla

    My prayers go up to Vanessa and Kobe’s family and all family and friends. The eulogy is so thoughtful and loving. I cried a lot and remembered all the people I have lost and how you miss them😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

  7. AussieBattler46

    Michael Jordan’s speech was just amazing. And for Vanessa to stand up and deliver her speech so brave .

  8. Joseph Roberson

    Damn Jordan is human

  9. they should name the staples center the kobe bryant center

  10. Queen Sagittarius86

    This just seem like a nightmare I can’t shake… this hurt so bad 😢

  11. I enjoy Beyoncé’s song and RIP TO Bryant

  12. Shaq is a class act all the way. 💛💜💛💜💛💜💛 Kobe will live forever in our hearts and minds!!!

  13. man it’s just so crazy how one man can affect so many people 💔🥺

  14. Beyoncé did this for her .. not Kobe

  15. Now Kobe is teaching angels how to play basketball cause God couldn’t find a better coach and the girl will teach the female angels

  16. Kwamboka Ongwenyi

    RIP GIgi and Kobe.
    I can’t fathom what the family is going through.

  17. If Shaq had half of Kobe work ethic he could have been GOAT. young skinny Shaq could pass, dribble, and do everything except three and free throw. but he liked hamburgers and becoming a rapper more than basketball. what a waste of natural raw talent. THATS why Kobe was always riding him, he wanted Shaq to be better than the talent level Shaq was comfortable with

  18. People are dying on Corona Virus every single day and here we are! Rich people stuff.

  19. TheRealHaze773

    WHERE WAS LEBRON?????

  20. twerkin the city huh

    It was soooo nice to see Vanessa smiling & laughing after Shaq told his joke

  21. Naptural Goddess

    Kobe was the MAN❣️💛💜 Love & miss you & Gigi

  22. It was all love ❤️

  23. Who gives a fuck. Why is Kobe better then the people that die on a daily basis? Why because he shot a ball in a hoop. You guys are straight losers

  24. Rip to the Black Mamba 🖤 Shaq:there’s no I in team
    Kobe:but there’s an M E in that Mothafucka 😂

  25. Ashley ARIMA REZA

    Beyonce was the perfect person for this. No one could’ve pulled it off as hard as she did. So much respect for this woman. RIP Kobe & Gigi, forever in our hearts.

  26. Kobe was a sacrifice

  27. His Mexican family. Lorddddd Kobe didn’t your parents tell you not to marry her?!?

  28. The illuminati Is Real

    he was a looser a sell out to the industry

  29. Rip Kobe and Gigi we don’t care for the others that died

  30. Vanessa eye is covered by her hair Illuminati 🤷🏽👁

  31. Absolutely disgusting. Over 2,400 members of our armed service members have been killed fighting in the Middle East since 9/11. Yet, instead of promoting the bravery, fortitude, and courage of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard our very way of life, we create this spectacle to honor a rapist whose only life skill was bouncing and tossing a ball. Shame on you all!

  32. Laurenze Gorres

    The tragedy happened a month ago but i still hurts today and i dont even know him personally and i know you are too.It is okay to cry or to get sad even if you dont know the person personally
    R.I.P
    Kobe Bryant
    Gianna Bryant
    John Altobelli
    Keri Altobelli
    Alyssa Altobelli
    Sarah Chester
    Payton Chester
    Ara Zobayan
    Christina Mauser
    May God bless you all🙏🙏🙏

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  34. Kobe burning in hell right now
    He raped a white woman

  35. POOR PILOT…..
    WE MISS YOU…
    WHITE LIVES MATTER

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