Private Funeral Held for Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Legendary National Basketball Association player, Kobe Bryant, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, have been laid to rest in a private funeral.

Last month, the retired 41-year-old star and his daughter – who aspired to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a basketball player – died alongside nine others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

They had been travelling to a basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sport Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks when the crash occurred.

According to reports, a funeral was held for both father and daughter last Friday, 7 February, in Corona Del Mar, California.

An insider explained: “[Bryant’s wife] 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.”

A public memorial service – where fans can pay their respects to Bryant and his daughter – will take place on Monday, 24 February, at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre.

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