FILE PHOTO: Fans gather around a mural to pay respects to Kobe Bryant after a helicopter crash killed the retired basketball star, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried in a private funeral service in Southern California last week, multiple outlets reported late Tuesday.
Citing Kobe Bryant’s death certificate, Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV reported the remains of the former Lakers star and his daughter were transferred to Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona del Mar. Kobe and Brianna were laid to rest in a private ceremony there last Friday.
According to KTTV, the death certificate cited Kobe’s cause of death as “blunt trauma” sustained in a “commercial helicopter crash.” It also said his death was “rapid.”
Corona del Mar is a community within Newport Beach, where the Bryant family lives.
Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when the helicopter they were in crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, on Jan. 26. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa, 14 — who played on the same club basketball team as Gianna Bryant — also were killed. Christina Mauser, a 38-year-old who was the top assistant coach of the Mamba girls basketball team, was also killed in the accident, as were Sarah Chester, 45; her daughter Payton Chester, 13; and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.
A public memorial service for the Bryants will be held Feb. 24 at Staples Center, beginning at 10 a.m. PT.
While the date — 2/24 — conveniently falls between two Lakers’ home games, it still could have been chosen symbolically. Gianna — one Kobe and Vanessa’ four daughters — wore No. 2 on her basketball jersey while Kobe was No. 24 for part of his 20-year-tenure with the Lakers, and his retired jerseys — he also wore No. 8 — hang at Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Times reported that “entry is expected to be severely restricted” at the venue despite Staples Center’s capacity of about 20,000.
—Field Level Media