Remembering The Black Mamba and Mambacita


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As family, friends, and fans gathered at Staples Center this morning for "The Celebration of Life" in memory of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi, love and admiration could be felt within the stadium and beyond.

To start off the memorial, Beyoncé, a longtime friend of Kobe, opened with her songs "XO" and "Halo", before Jimmy Kimmel took the stand to honor the late legend.

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After his heartfelt condolences and reminder to be 'grateful for life', Vanessa Bryant took the stage to honor her beautiful daughter.

Following her loving tribute to Gigi, Vanessa said goodbye to her beloved husband and best friend, Kobe, ending her eulogy with the warm wish for both Bryants' to have fun in heaven until they meet again.

Throughout the touching memorial, several others in the basketball community shared heartfelt words, including Diana Taurasi, Rob Pelinka, Geno Auriemma, Sabrina Ionescu, Shaquille O'Neal, and Michael Jordan.

Overall, the memorial was undeniably beautiful both physically and emotionally. To everyone that perished in the crash on January 26, 2020, you will be remembered and you are all missed dearly. Rest with angels.

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To catch up on the complete memorial service, check out ESPN's live coverage below.

And make sure you tune in to KFI's own coverage of the event with Kris Ankarlo.


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