LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of mourners are expected to gather at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Monday to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
The basketball superstar and his 13-year-old daughter are being honored in a public memorial at the arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The public memorial begins at 12:38 p.m. Central.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant died along with seven others on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash.
The memorial will feature speakers reflecting on Kobe Bryant’s impact on his sport and the world, along with music and retrospectives on Bryant’s on-court achievements. Bryant became active in film, television and writing after he retired from basketball in 2016.
Bryant’s family, dozens of sports greats and many major figures in Bryant’s public life are expected to attend.
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(This story was originally published on Feb. 24, 2020)