Kobe Bryant’s Parents Joe and Pam Bryant Came to the Memorial to Pay Tribute to Son and Granddaughter Gianna

Kobe Bryant's estranged family members met at the Staples Center memorial to pay their tribute to him and his daughter Gianna.

Kobe's parents, Joe and Pamela Bryant were visibly in shock as they paid tribute to the late professional basketballer Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, at the beautiful memorial that held at the Staples Centre.

Vanessa Bryant was on ground to receive the mourning parents and her sisters-in-law, Shaya Tabb and Sharia Washington. Family members of the late NBA star held each other in tight emotional embraces as they tried to console one another over the loss.

Vanessa Laine Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 09, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa Laine Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 09, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

One Mistake: Multiple Tragedies

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter lost their lives when their helicopter on a flight to Mamba Academy for a basketball game crashed into the Los Angeles hillside on January 26.

In 2013, Kobe's mother, Pam, planned to sell some of Bryant's memorabilia for $500,000. The to-be-auctioned items were gathered from Bryant's early career. 

The athlete's wife, Vanessa Bryant, sued the helicopter company for negligence. The grieving mother claimed the pilot had failed to properly access the weather before embarking on the flight that killed her husband, daughter, and seven others, including the pilot.

Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a photo with his parents after winning the NBA Championship on June 19, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a photo with his parents after winning the NBA Championship on June 19, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

A Celebration of Life

While the death of the world-famous basketballer is a painful event that will take a lot to recover from, the memorial in Bryant's honor was organized to celebrate the impactful basketballer's life.

Beyonce opened the event with her spectacular rendition of "XO" and "Halo." Magic Johnson, the Lakers legend, shed tears as he hugged Kobe's mother. Dereck Fisher was also in attendance.

Celebrities and stars who had come in contact with the handsome player gathered around to pay their last respects to the legend, including Kobe's close friends Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

Queen Bey, a close friend of Kobe's family, explained her decision to perform "XO." The singer revealed it was a song Kobe loved to listen to while he was alive. Jimmy Kimmel gave a heartbreaking speech that caused everyone in attendance to shed tears.

Separated from Parents

According to ESPN, the last time Bryant spoke to any of his parents was in 2016 after they tried to sell his personal effects.

In 2013, Kobe's mother, Pam, planned to sell some of Bryant's memorabilia for $500,000. The to-be-auctioned items were gathered from Bryant's early career. 

The proposed auction deeply hurt Bryant. He even sued his parents to prevent the sale from taking place. His parents would later try to apologize in a statement later that year. By then, the damage had been done.

Despite their grievances, while their son was alive, the bereaved parents and sisters came around to grief with the rest of the family. Kobe Bryant will be sorely missed by family members, teammates, friends, and fans all over the world.

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