As early as 5 a.m. PT on Monday morning, some 20,000 people began filing into the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Kobe Bryant memorial. Taking place at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, “A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” will be televised and streamed online for fans and followers to watch. The service will celebrate the life and legacy of Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, both of who lost their lives — along with seven others — in a tragic helicopter crash at the end of January.
If you want to honor the pair by viewing the memorial (and didn’t get a ticket before they sold out in mere moments), there are several ways you can watch from home. Many networks will stream the service live, including BET, CNN, E! News and local news networks. So, if you have cable, you can easily tune in via your TV. If you’d rather stream online, you have no shortage of options for doing so: ETLive.com, CBS All Access, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Yahoo Sports and Facebook Watch will all live-stream the event.
There will not be overflow locations at the Staples Center for members of the public who don’t have tickets to the memorial. Also, local law enforcement has advised people not to congregate around Staples Center, aka “the house that Kobe built.” Expected to be in attendance are fellow NBA legends (and close personal friends of Bryant’s), such as Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with a slew of other celebrities.
Bryant and Gianna are survived by his wife and her mother, Vanessa Bryant, and the couple’s other daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 8 months. On Monday morning, just hours ahead of the memorial, Vanessa shared a touching tribute to Gianna paid by a family friend.
“#2, Leroux,” Vanessa captioned a photo of soccer player Sydney Leroux Dwyer’s new tattoo. “Thank you for honoring my Gigi. I love you @sydneyleroux.”
Along with Bryant and Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan, 50; John Altobelli, 55, wife Keri Altobelli, 46, and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Sarah Chester, 45, and daughter Payton Chester, 13; and coach Christina Mauser, 38 were all killed in the devastating helicopter crash that took place in the Calabasas Hills area of California on Jan. 26.
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