Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi Bryant have been laid to rest According to a new report, – two weeks after the tragic helicopter crash that claimed their lives.
ET has shared that the NBA legend and Gigi – a budding basketball talent – were buried last Friday following a private funeral in Corona Del Mar, California.
Kobe and Gigi were among the passengers headed to the NBA star’s Mamba Sports Academy training facility on 26 January when their helicopter crashed. The pair’s death certificates, obtained by The Sun, have listed their cause of death as blunt force trauma.
A source told the publication:
“Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss. The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it’s still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”
As well as wife Vanessa, the LA Laker star is survived by the couple’s three other children Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
News of the private goodbye comes days after a public memorial at the Staples Center was announced for February 24th.
It also comes a day after Vanessa, Kobe’s wife of 19-years, grieved publicly for her husband and daughter: A wider, public memorial service will be held on 24 February at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The venue is particularly meaningful as it has been dubbed by fans The House That Kobe Built, while Vanessa has explained the significance of the date, writing on Instagram: “#2, #24, #20 years as a Laker and the number of years Kob and I were together.”
Our thoughts and prayers remain with The Bryants and the families of the other victims of the crash.