Snoop Dogg Praised for Acknowledging Kobe Bryant's Parents’ Presence at Memorial and Thanking Them in Post

After Monday's memorial for the victims of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven other people, fans were outraged over the fact that Kobe's parents weren't acknowledged that day. 

Snoop Dogg has earned a special place in the late Los Angeles Laker's basketball star Kobe Bryant's fans' hearts for a very special reason. 

After Monday's celebration of life ceremony dedicated to Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, and the other victims of the tragic helicopter crash accident of January 26, fans were disappointed because Kobe's parents, Joe and Pam, didn't even get a mention. 

 Snoop Dog attends the Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015/2016 on January 17, 2015. | Source: Getty Images

Snoop Dog attends the Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015/2016 on January 17, 2015. | Source: Getty Images


The parents of the basketball legend did not give a speech at the memorial which was held at the Staples Center, but fans strongly agree that they should have been acknowledged by the organizers. 

As scorned fans expressed their disapproval on social media, Snoop took to Instagram to pay tribute to Kobe's parents with a heartwarming post. 

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In the caption, the rapper acknowledged Kobe's parents, thanking them for bringing their beloved son into the world.

"We love y’all and praying for your strength as parents to keep moving on."


Fans were touched by Snoop's kind gesture and immediately took to the comment section to express their gratitude. Many of them shared how Joe and Pam should have been mentioned during the memorial, too. 

According to "Entertainment Tonight," Joe and Pam were seated in the same row as their daughter-in-law, Vanessa during the memorial. Joe even hugged his son's former teammate, Shaquille O'Neal, as the ceremony began. 

During the ceremony, Vanessa, who was together with Kobe for two decades, spoke about her husband and her daughter for the first time after their death. She got emotional as she thanked everyone for the presence and went on to talk about the family she lost. 

"He was my sweet husband and a beautiful father of our children. He was mine. He was my everything."

According to Vanessa, she was Kobe's first girlfriend ever. They had been together since she was 17 years old and when they got married, he continued to cherish her as a loving husband. 

Kobe's fans and loved ones continue to mourn his death. He is survived by his loving wife and their daughters, Natalia Diamante, Bianka, and Capri. 

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