Twenty thousand mourners flocked to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to say their goodbyes to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The Celebration of Life honoring the basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter drew fans from across the country to the Southern California city almost a month after they were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26. Beyonce opened the public memorial by performing her hit XO – which she said was one of Bryant’s favorite songs – followed by Halo. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel then took the stage and gave a short speech before introducing Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother. Vanessa thanked the audience for coming before paying tribute to her ‘baby girl’ Gianna and her ‘soulmate’ Kobe as she fought back tears. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother, paid tribute to the pair at a public memorial in Los Angeles on Monday The mother-of-four fought back tears as she described her ‘baby girl’ Gianna and ‘soulmate’ Kobe Fellow NBA great and close friend Michael Jordan spoke later during the memorial service, breaking down in tears as he said: ‘When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died’… Read full this story
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