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.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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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.

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I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live. Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.

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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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