Reports: Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant laid to rest in private ceremony last week

Tuesday - 11/02/2020 20:41
Kobe Bryant his daughter Gianna were buried last week, according to reports. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant his daughter Gianna were buried last week, according to reports. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been laid to rest, according to multiple reports.

The two were buried in a private ceremony in Corona Del Mar, California, on Feb. 7, according to the reports.

Multiple publications cited the death certificates as confirming the ceremony, while Entertainment Tonight spoke with somebody in touch with Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant.

“Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss," the source told ET. “The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it's still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”

Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26 alongside seven others on board the craft. They were traveling to attend a youth basketball tournament hosted at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing and expected to take at least another year to complete. The latest development from the probe shows that the helicopter did not suffer engine damage before it crashed into a hillside.

Public memorial scheduled for 2/24

While the private ceremony has been conducted, a public ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Staples Center, the home of the Los Angles Lakers. The date is symbolic as it pays homage to the No. 2 basketball jersey Gianna wore and the No. 24 Kobe wore in his later years as a member of the Lakers.

Vanessa promoted the public memorial on Instagram after news of the event broke.

Ceremony honors other crash victims

Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, held a public memorial for the Altobelli familyon Monday.

Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli were among the victims of the crash. Alyssa was a teammate on Gianna’s basketball team.

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