Less than two weeks after the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the lives of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, the famed father-daughter duo have been laid to rest.
According to a document obtained by “Extra,” later confirmed by E-News, Bryant’s private funeral was held on February 7 at Pacific View Mortuary in Corona Del Mar, California.
Although further details remain unclear, regarding attendance and more, sources say Gianna was also laid to rest at the Mortuary near her father.’
News of the private ceremony comes just one day after Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, took to Instagram to express her hurt and anger as she continues to work through the tragedy.
“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,” she revealed. “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.”
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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.
However, despite the private ceremony, a public memorial is still set to occur on February 24, 2020, at the Staples Center, honoring both Kobe and Gianna’s life and legacy. Meanwhile, a ceremony for three of the other victims on board, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, was held on Monday at Angel Stadium.
Our prayers remain with all of the victims of the tragedy, including Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.