LA Honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with Public Memorial

Kobe Bryant’s wife offered a poignant portrait of the NBA superstar, who she called “the most amazing husband,” and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles last month.

Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant shared how she could not fathom life without them and praised her husband’s devotion to their family as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center.

The service took place at the downtown arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the final 17 seasons of his two-decade NBA career. Thousands of Lakers fans, many wearing Bryant’s jersey or team colors, attended the tearful gathering to honor the basketball icon.

The program began with Beyonce singing “XO” and “Halo.” Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera also performed. The two-hour program concluded with “Dear Basketball,” Bryant’s Oscar-winning short film.

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