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Top Chef Masters star Chef Floyd Cardoz passed away from pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). He was 59.

Cardoz died Wednesday from complications related to the virus.

According to The Blast, Cardoz was hospitalized last week with a fever, and ultimately tested positive for the virus.

The co-owner of Mumbai's Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and NYC's Tabla restaurants likely caught the virus while on a business trip to Mumbai, India earlier this month. All of India - 1.3 billion people - are on lockdown to contain the virus.

Cardoz updated his fans by sharing an Instagram photo from his hospital bed.

"Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York. I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. I returned to New York on March 8th via Frankfurt."

Friends, fans and celebrities, including actress Padma Lakshmi, paid tribute to the celebrity chef on social media. "This is a huge loss," Lakshmi tweeted on Wednesday.

Cardoz, a native of India, is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha, and their two sons, Peter and Justin.
 

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Homicide detectives are investigating the death of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr's ex-girlfriend and mother of 3 of his 4 children, Josiel "Josie" Harris.

Harris, 40, was found dead inside her parked car at her home on the 25700 block of Oak Meadow Drive. Police tape still blocked the driveway to the 3-story home in Valencia, California on Wednesday morning.

Police responded to a medical rescue call at the home around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and found Harris unresponsive in her car. The call was later changed to a cardiac arrest and Harris was not transported to a hospital. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:10 p.m.

Police initially said there was no evidence of foul play -- an indication that she died from natural causes or a drug overdose.

Harris' friends and family urged detectives to investigate her death as a homicide. They noted Mayweather served prison time for assaulting her and she filed a $20 million lawsuit against him after he told Katie Couric Harris was drug addicted.

Mayweather, 43, and Harris shared three children, Jirah Mayweather, King Koraun and Zion Mayweather.

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Josiel "Josie" Harris, Floyd Mayweather Jr's ex-girlfriend and mother to 3 of his children, was found dead in her car, TMZ reported.

The 40 year old was found dead inside her car at her home in Valencia, California on Tuesday night. She was mother to Jirah Mayweather, King Koraun and Zion Mayweather.

Mayweather, 43, has 4 children by two women.
 

Police were called to the home around 9:30 p.m. and found Harris unresponsive in her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say there was no sign of foul play -- an indication that she died from natural causes or a drug overdose.

Harris had a chaotic relationship with the boxing champ. She filed a domestic violence report against Mayweather in 2010 and he later served 2 months in prison.

In an interview with Katie Couric, Mayweather admitted "restraining a woman that was on drugs... Yes, I did. So if they say that's domestic violence, then, you know what? I'm guilty. I'm guilty of restraining someone."

Harris was reportedly "outraged" by the interview and sued Mayweather for $20 million. The lawsuit was pending when she died.

The investigation into Harris' death is ongoing.

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant is reportedly "devastated" that LA County deputies shared photos of her family members' mangled bodies on their cell phones.

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas in January.

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The helicopter erupted into flames immediately upon impact with the hillside. The nine bodies were crushed and burned beyond recognition.

The Los Angeles Times reported that deputies shared graphic images of the remains at the crash site.

At least nine emergency responders took pictures of the remains on their cell phones. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw photos on the phone of an LA County official who was not at the crash site on Jan. 26.

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Vanessa's attorney, Gray Robb, released a statement early Sunday morning that said Vanessa was "absolutely devastated" by the allegations.

On the day of the crash, Vanessa went to the sheriff's office to personally request that the area be designated a no-fly zone to protect the scene from airborne paparazzi, according to Robb's statement.

Robb added that Vanessa made the request to protect the dignity of all the victims and their families.

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On Monday, the LA County Sheriff released a statement saying the graphic photos were "deleted" from all cell phones on the sheriff's orders.

An insider source said deputies were told if they come clean and delete the photos from their phones, they would not face discipline.

But other sources within the sheriff's office said the sheriff's decision to destroy all of the photos could amount to the destruction of evidence.

Vanessa will need the photos in case she decides to file a lawsuit against the county and the sheriff's office.

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Irv Gotti says rappers are an endangered species in hip-hop because Black people won't stop killing each other.

The 49-year-old music industry exec shared his thoughts about rappers being killed more than any other artist.

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Up-and-coming Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke was killed by four gunmen who broke into his Hollywood Hills home last month.

"It's sad, it really is sad," Gotti said in a street interview with toofab.com.

"It's a tragedy. 20 years old and they took his life," the Hollis, Queens native said.

"I love hip-hop, so I hate shit like that... It happens in hip-hop a lot. And it's just -- I wish our people was different. You know what I'm saying? I wish our people would think for one second. 20 years old, bruh. It only happens in hip-hop. And I don't wish that on nobody, but, you know what I'm saying. It's not like you're ever gonna see Justin Bieber get smoked, or whatever. And it's only hip-hop.

Gotti, real name Irving Lorenzo Jr., is a music producer and founder of Murder Inc Records. He was born to mixed race Black and Filipino parents.
 

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An L.A County Sheriff's trainee is in hot water for trying to impress a woman with gruesome death scene photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site.

The trainee reportedly met the woman at a bar and tried to impress her by pulling out his cell phone and showing her gruesome pictures of the mangled bodies at the crash site.

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Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

The trainee was busted when a bartender overheard the conversation and called the cops.

The horrific photos were passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire Dept. and, according to TMZ, the department is now investigating.

The Sheriff's Dept. contacted family members of all the victims on Wednesday, after TMZ called them and inquired about the crime scene photos.

The Sheriff's Department would only tell TMZ "The matter is being looked into."

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Katherine Johnson, the NASA space scientist and mathematician who's calculations helped send astronauts into space, passed away of natural causes at age 101.

Johnson's groundbreaking career played a key role in the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

The space pioneer's death was announced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Monday, Feb. 24.

"We're saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson," the statement read. "Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers."

Actress Taraji P. Henson penned a heartfelt tribute to the NASA scientist she portrayed in the Oscar nominated 2016 movie Hidden Figures.

Henson, 49, took to Instagram on Monday to share an image of Johnson alongside a touching dedication.

"Thank you QUEEN #KatherineJohnson for sharing your intelligence, poise, grace and beauty with the world!" she wrote.

"Because of your hard work little girls EVERYWHERE can dream as big as the MOON!!! Your legacy will live on FORVER AND EVER!!! You ran so we could fly!!! I will forever be honored to have been a part of bringing your story to life.

"You/your story was hidden and thank GOD you are #hiddennomore God bless your beautiful family. I am so honored to have sat and broke bread with you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you! #RIHKatherineJohnson #representationmatters."

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Former model, restauranteur, author and television host B. Smith passed away in her Long Island, NY home on Saturday. She was 70.

Smith's husband, Dan Gasby announced her death in an Instagram post on Sunday.

"It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith. B. died peacefully Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 10:50 pm, of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in our home in Long Island, New York. She was 70.

Thank you to Dr. Sam Gandy, East End Hospice and additional caregivers who helped us make B. comfortable in her final days. Thank you to all the friends and fans who supported B. and our family during her journey. Thank you to everyone for respecting our privacy during this agonizing time.

Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.'s dazzling and unforgettable smile. -Dan Gasby

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Smith was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2013. She announced her diagnosis in 2016 to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease.

Smith was only the second Black model to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine.

After retiring from modeling, she opened three successful restaurants and published several best-selling cookbooks.

Smith launched her own home goods line at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and she hosted a half-hour television show, B. Smith With Style.

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Gasby, 65, a former executive producer for the Essence Awards, sparked outrage when he moved his girlfriend, Alex Lerner (left), into the East Hampton, NY home he shared with his ailing wife.

Smith's fans dragged Gasby on social media. He defended his unorthodox living arrangement in several interviews and in social media posts.
 
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In an exclusive PEOPLE interview published in January 2014, Gasby said his wife's diagnosis was "the toughest thing I've ever dealt with."

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50 Cent and Nicki Minaj lead the tributes to rising rapper Pop Smoke, who was fatally shot during a suspected home invasion robbery in Los Angeles.

Masked gunmen reportedly broke into the up-and-coming rapper's leased Hollywood Hills home in the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 19. The thugs fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding the 20 year old. No one else was injured.

LAPD has previously issued warnings to the hip-hop community about gangs stalking rapper timelines on social media.

Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

50 Cent was among the first to comment on the sad news as his death hit headlines, taking to Twitter and writing, "R.I.P to my man Pop Smoke, No sympathy for winners. God bless him".

Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with the Brooklyn, New York native on a remix of his breakthrough hit "Welcome to the Party" last year, also mourned his loss by posting a photo on Instagram and captioning it, "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop."
 

Atlanta rapper Ludacris posted, "Man Come On I don't even know dude but he was just getting started in this Rap Game. I was definitely interested in seeing his Growth. Too many young lives with so much potential being taken away. This S**t has to stop R.I.P. Pop Smoke".

Fellow rappers Nas, Quavo, Talib Kweli, Joe Budden, and Questlove, also shared tributes, while The Game tweeted, "Fell asleep for 3 hours, woke up & Pop Smoke dead. That's brazy.... 20 years old, damn."

Police have yet to identify the suspects, who fled the scene on foot, but reality TV star Teddi Mellencamp revealed she owns the rental property in which Smoke was killed.

In a note on Instagram, the daughter of rocker John Mellencamp admitted she and her family were stunned by the tragedy as she offered up her condolences to Smoke's relatives, WENN.com reported.

"We would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life," she wrote.

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Rapper Pop Smoke and a friend showed off stacks cash hours before he was gunned down inside his rental home early Wednesday.

The 20-year-old rapper hosted a party at his rented Hollywood Hills home at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said.

The up-and-coming rapper posted a photo of himself and a friend sitting in a car, apparently flashing $100,000 in cash. Hours later, masked men broke into his home and shot him dead.

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The rapper, who was born Bashar Jackson, wore a blue Louis Vuitton outfit in the photos. Blue is the color of the Crips street gang.

Police are working on a theory that someone at the party set Jackson up. Numerous party guests live-streamed the party and posted cell phone photos from Jackson's house on social media.

Blogger @Gossipofthecity tweeted:

"Rapper #PopSmoke posted his location hours before he was robbed and killed. PopSmoke and his friend tagged Beverly Hills but ppl in LA know it’s not. They traced everything from PopSmoke Instagram account and got him."

Celebrities reacted to Pop Smoke's death on social media. "Yo, we gotta do better, man, what we doing? What we doing man? At the end of the day, man, we all kings," said rapper Jeezy. "We not in the jungle, you ain't gotta kill yo' brother to eat."

Jeezy urged social media thugs to "do better" and apply themselves.


 

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New York rapper Pop Smoke, who was arrested in January for illegally transporting a $375,000 Rolls-Royce from California, was killed in a home invasion robbery early Wednesday. He was 20.

Pop Smoke, who was born Bashar Jackson, was shot to death when a group of masked men broke into his Hollywood Hills home, police say.

The rapper, who was born in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn, NY, was partying with friends around 4 a.m. when masked gunmen broke into the home at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said.

Police responded to a 911 call placed by a friend of the victim, who reported a shooting at the house. Multiple people were in the home when the shooting occurred. There were no other injuries.

Jackson was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said Jackson was targeted by the gunmen. A motive is unknown.

The rapper was previously charged with transporting a 2019 Rolls-Royce from California to NY. The car was found parked outside his parents' home in Brooklyn. The license plate had been changed and the windows had been tinted, authorities say.

The rapper told police he "borrowed" the car for a music video in Los Angeles, according to an indictment.

Jackson is best known for his rap singles "Welcome to the Party" and "Dior" off his debut mixtape Meet the Woo.

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Janet Jackson penned an emotional tribute to her friend Ja'Net DuBois, after news of the star's death broke on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The famed character actress died of natural causes after passing away in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California on Tuesday. She was either 74 or 82 (her exact date of birth is unknown).

Jackson, 53, posted a heartfelt tribute to her former "Good Times" co-star and personal friend after hearing the news.

"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away," Jackson wrote, alongside a slideshow of snapshots of the pair taken over the years.

"I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories."

She added: "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja'Net, I’ll miss you."
 

DuBois is best known for her portrayal as the projects gossip Willona Woods in the 1970s Norman Lear TV sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979.

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Jackson, then 11, joined the cast in the fifth season as Penny - a young girl adopted by Willona after she's abandoned by her abusive mother.

The pair reunited in 1987 when DuBois played the R&B icon's mother in the music video for her single "Control."

Lear also posted a tribute to the late actress and singer, sharing on Twitter, “Ja'Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, 'Movin’ on Up'," referencing the theme song to The Jeffersons, which DuBois wrote and sang.

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Actress Ja'Net Dubois, star of the 1970s sitcom Good Times, died in her sleep on Tuesday. She was 74.

Dubois, born Jeanette Dubois, is best known for her playing neighborhood gossip Willona Woods on Good Times, the TV sitcom that was notable for being the first prime-time TV series with a Black, 2-parent household.

Dubois wrote and sang the theme song titled "Movin' On Up" for The Jeffersons TV sitcom, starring Isabel Sanford and Sherman Helmsley.

Television producer Norman Lear discovered Dubois in a play at the Mark Taper Forum, which led to an audition for his innovative TV series Good Times, which ran from 1974-1979.

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Dubois played adoptive mom to Janet Jackson's character, Penny, and she later appeared in Jackson's "Control" music video as her mother in 1987.

Dubois' film roles included I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). She also appeared in the television series Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, A Different World, The Wayans Brothers and Everybody Loves Raymond (as a school bus driver).

In the 1980s, Dubois founded the Ja'Net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences for teenagers in Long Island, NY. She and Actor Danny Glover co-founded the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

DuBois had two children: Rani Dubois and Raj Kristo Gupta, who died of cancer in 1987 at age 36.

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Esther Scott, who appeared in the coming of age film Boyz N the Hood, died in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack at her Santa Monica home. She was 66.

Scott's representative conformed her death in a statement on Tuesday. Scott appeared in 73 films and TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Sister Sister, The Steve Harvey Show and Party of Five.

Scott is best known for playing the grandmother of Tisha in Boyz N the Hood. She was also a character actress in the movies You Got Served (2004), Dreamgirls (2006), Transformers (2007) and The Birth of a Nation (2016).

"She loved the work she did," a family rep told PEOPLE. "She loved her fans. She was always humbled and honored when her fans acknowledged and recognized her. She'll be missed."

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Lupita Nyong'o paid tribute to her "Queen of Katwe" co-star Nikita Pearl Waliga in a touching Instagram post on Sunday, following the announcement of the 15-year-old's tragic death from brain cancer.

The teenager died at TMR International Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Saturday, according to a Twitter announcement from the school in Uganda where she was a student.

Waliga was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and, after radiation therapy, she was told she was cancer-free a year later. However, another tumor was detected in 2019, WENN.com reports.

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Nikita (right) was best known for her only starring role in Queen of Katwe as Gloria, a friend of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga). The film also starred David Oyelowo and Lupita, who played Mutesi's mother in the Disney film.

Sharing a snap of Nikita from the movie, Lupita wrote:

"It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. May she truly rest in piece [sic]. May it be well with her soul."

 

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The doctor who treated the late Soul singer James Brown insists there was no foul play in the superstar's death.

Jacque Hollander, who knew Brown before he passed, turned over a mountain of evidence to investigators that suggest he was murdered.

A spokesperson from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office has confirmed to TMZ that prosecutor Paul Howard met with Hollander on Wednesday, Feb. 12, to go over the evidence.

Howard expressed interest in reopening the case after speaking with Hollander.

However, Dr. Marvin Crawford told the gossip site that the Fulton County District Attorney's Office is wasting its time looking into Hollander's purported evidence.

Dr. Crawford insists there was no foul play when he examined Brown right after he died.

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Crawford says Brown suffered a heart attack on December 25, 2006, and was hospitalized in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brown suffered a second heart attack not long afterward, resulting in his death on Christmas Day at age 73.

Crawford adds that Brown had a long medical history of diabetes and hypertension, which contributed to his death. He insists he's never met Hollander and doesn't know why she believes Brown was murdered.

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Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant were laid to rest two weeks after the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the NBA legend, his daughter and seven others.

A private funeral for Kobe, 41, and Gianna was held in Corona Del Mar, California on Friday, Friday 7, according to multiple reports.

Kobe and his daughter were laid to rest near each other at Pacific View Memorial Park, according to published reports.

The Los Angeles Times cited death certificates released by the county which gives the date of internment as Feb. 7.

Sources tell Entertainment Tonight Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, 37, and the family "wanted a private service to mourn their loss".

A planned memorial will be held for the public at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Feb. 24. It is not clear if Kobe's family will attend the public memorial.

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Vanessa and Kobe are pictured in 2005, a year before daughter Gigi was born. They are pictured below in 2007 with daughters Gigi and Natalia Bryant at Disneyland.

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On Monday, over 1,000 people attended a memorial service for three members of the Altobelli family, who also died in the crash. 4,000 people were expected to attend the service for John, Kelly and Alyssa Altobelli at Angel Stadium.

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Vanessa Bryant opened up about her grieving process, saying her "brain refuses to accept" both her husband Kobe Bryant, 41, and 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant are gone.

Kobe and Gianna, along with seven others, died in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California 2 weeks ago.

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In an emotional Instagram post alongside video of Gigi and her teammates Payton Chester, 13, and Allysa Altobelli, 14, who also died in the crash, Vanessa, 37, wrote the "nightmare" just feels "wrong."

"I've been reluctant to put my feelings into words," she said. "My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can't process both at the same time."

She continued: "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 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."

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Vanessa said she is sharing her thought process with her followers "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."

Vanessa shared the post hours before a stadium memorial for the three members of the Altobeli family who died in the crash. 4,000 mourners are expected to attend the memorial.

It is not clear if Vanessa will be in attendance.
 

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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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Character actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly died of natural causes on Sunday, February 9, at age 76, according to Broadway World.

Kelly made her Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Something More! She worked with other artists and choreographed numerous television specials, including Sammy and Friends (starring Sammy Davis Jr.).

Kelly performed a dance solo at the 41st Annual Academy Awards in 1968. She also won the London Variety Award for Best Supporting Actress in the London stage play Sweet Charity with dancer and actress Juliet Prowse.

Kelly's film credits include Trouble Man; Uptown Saturday Night (with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier); Soylent Green (with Charlton Heston); Andromeda Strain; Jo Jo dancer, Your Life is Calling (with Richard Pryor); and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored, among other films.

Her TV credits included Sanford and Son; The Carol Burnett Show; Kojak; Good Times; and The Richard Pryor Show. She also played a voodoo priestess/housekeeper in an episode of The Golden Girls.

Kelly was nominated for an EMMY Award for her recurring role as Liz Williams on the first season of the TV sitcom Night Court.

Kelly was married to TV director Don Chaffey (Charlie's Angels). They had one child together before he died of a heart attack in 1990.
 

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Acting legend Kirk Douglas died from natural causes at his Hollywood home on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Son Michael Douglas announced the passing of the 'Spartacus' star in a statement, which reads: "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.

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"To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard of us all to aspire to... but to me and my brothers, Joel and Peter, he was simply dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband."

According to WENN.com, New York-born Kirk, real name Issur Danielovitch, started his acting career onstage in New York in 1940 before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Following service in World War II, the son of Russian emigrants returned to the theater and then found fame on the big screen.

He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1959 for his role in Champion and went on to become one of the most revered Hollywood icons of the 1960s and 1970s.

Douglas survived a helicopter crash in 1991 and a stroke in 1996. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and was also honored with France's top award, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Kirk was nominated for three Oscar awards but he never won.

He was finally presented with an honorary Oscar in 1995, a year before suffering a stroke.

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The bodies of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant were reportedly released to their family following their tragic deaths last month.

According to Us Weekly, the remains were released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office on Sunday, Feb. 2, in preparation for their funeral - expected to take place next week.

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Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside in dense fog on Jan. 26. They were remembered in various ways at Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday, WENN.com reports.

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Images of Kobe and Gianna, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, who died last week, were shown on big screens as the crowd fell silent.

Later, singers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira paid tribute to Kobe during their Halftime Show, when an overhead shot of the field during a performance of Jennifer's "Let's Get Loud" showed a huge cross lit up in purple and yellow - the colors of Kobe's former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Island Express Helicopters, the charter service that employed Kobe's pilot, Ara Zobayan, are under investigation following reports that Zobayan, 50, was not as experienced flying under instrument rules only.

According to the FAA, Island Express's pilots were authorized to fly under visual flight rules only, meaning they had to be able to clearly see the ground and other aircraft while in the air.

Island Express has grounded their fleet of six Sikorsky S-76B choppers until the investigation is completed. The company was involved in four helicopter crashes previously.

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Kobe Bryant's cause of death was revealed by the Los Angeles coroner's office on Wednesday night.

Bryant, 41, his daughter, Gianna Bryant, 13, and seven others died in a suspicious helicopter crash on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The coroner said all of the victims died from "blunt trauma" in a high impact crash. The manner of death was listed as an "accident."

All 9 bodies were identified through DNA and fingerprints, the coroner's office confirmed.

"Through the use of DNA and fingerprints, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner has identified all nine of the victims who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the statement said.

"On Tuesday body examinations were performed on all nine decedents. Their causes of death were certified as blunt trauma. The manner of death was certified as accident."

The other victims were identified as John Altobelli, 56, Alyssa Alobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, Sarah Chester, 45, Payton Chester, 13, Christina Mauser, 38, and the pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

The coroner's report was released hours after Kobe's widow, Vanessa Bryant, 37, posted an emotional statement on Instagram.com.

"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 then 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."

 

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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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Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant shared her grief and heartache in an emotional statement published on Instagram.com.

The post accompanied a family portrait showing the 41-year-old Lakers legend smiling with Vanessa and their four daughters - 13-year-old Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, who died with her father in a helicopter crash on Sunday; 17-year-old Natalia, Bianka, 2, and infant Capri.

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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," the statement read.

"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.

"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 then 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."

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Vanessa's heartfelt message was posted Wednesday on Vanessa's Instagram account, which was recently made public for the first time since the crash.

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The grieving widow changed her Instagram.com profile photo to this image of Kobe and his Gianna embracing during the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto.

Vanessa shared a link to the foundation she set up, the Mamba Sports Foundation, for public donations "to help support the other families affected by this tragedy.

Also killed in the crash were college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, who played on the same basketball team with Gianna. Another young basketball player, Payton Chester, was also killed along with her mother, Sarah Chester; and Christina Maurer, a girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School, a private elementary school.

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Kobe and Vanessa, 37, met on the set of a music video when she was 16. He was already an NBA superstar when they met. He caused such a commotion when he picked her up from high school that the administration banned him from the school campus. They married when he was 22 and she was 18 in 2001.

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Their eldest daughter Natalia, pictured left, was born 2 years later. Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in 2005, and Kobe blamed himself. Vanessa never got over the shame of his arrest for raping a Colorado woman in 2003.

The Bryants were overjoyed when Gianna (right) came along a year later. Kobe and Gigi became inseparable and she shared his passion for basketball.

The Lakers organization issued a statement on Twitter.com:

"We are devastated and have been forever changed by the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. We send our love to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and to the families of the other passengers.

"Words cannot express what Kobe means to the Los Angeles Lakers, our fans, and our city. More than a basketball player, he was a beloved father, husband, and teammate. Their love and light will remain in our hearts forever."

The Lakers organization also asked the public to donate to the foundation. Kobe fans criticized the organization for soliciting funds from grieving fans.

"Why is a billion dollar foundation asking the public for monies? Why not fund it yourself?" wrote one social media user. Others opined that Kobe was worth hundreds of millions of dollars when he died. His sponsor, Nike, and the Lakers are billion dollar corporations.

The request for public donations comes at a time when NBA fans - many of whom are not millionaires - are still reeling from the news of Kobe's death.
 

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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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Ellen Pompeo lashed out at editors of gossip website TMZ for their coverage of the helicopter crash that killed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant.

Pompeo slammed the gossip blog for breaking the news of Bryant's death before it was officially confirmed and before his wife, Vanessa Lane Bryant, was informed.

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Pompeo took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice her concerns about the publication's approach to reporting.

The 50-year-old Grey's Anatomy star addressed TMZ and its founder, Harvey Levin, suggesting the police leaks information to TMZ.

"I wonder why police departments give @HarveyLevinTMZ all this sensitive info? I wonder why @HarveyLevinTMZ puts out photos of women who have been attacked or assaulted... Who were victims? Exploiting women who have been abused… why is this guy still in business at all?"

She continued: "So many questions I have ...if we are not tolerating abuse anymore, shouldn't we be calling this out? Exploiting women who have been abused, exploiting the brutal sudden death of peoples loved ones is certainly emotional abuse. I call times up on his behavior."

Pompeo urged fans to be "furious about the history of this media outlet regarding women", insisting: "It's not news it's exploitation."

Neither TMZ or Levin has yet to respond to the allegations, according to WENN.com.

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An eyewitness says Kobe Bryant's pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, was flying in a circle "aggressively," about 30 minutes before the helicopter crashed into a mountain above Calabasas, California.

The helicopter went down about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles at 9:47 a.m. Sunday, killing the 41-year-old NBA legend, his daughter Gianna, 13, and six other passengers.

An eyewitness captured the moment Bryant's helicopter was circling over Glendale, California for 15 minutes in foggy weather.

"I try and video/photograph all the weird stuff happening above my house in Glendale, CA," a Twitter user wrote under the handle @theironlydreams.

"Unfortunately this morning I didn't realize I was filming the helicopter Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others were in 31 minutes before they crashed."

According to a tweet from the same user, the pilot was performing a very aggressive circling maneuver, that's why I went outside to Film because it was so loud."

The user said the Sikorsky S-76B chopper was flying lower and lower over his house, "engine maxed."

Robert Ditchey, a veteran pilot, aeronautical engineer and former airline executive, told USA Today that the crash was "totally avoidable".

"And on the part of some people I can go as far as to say irresponsible," Ditchey said.

Aviation experts who studied the helicopter's bizarre flight path and weather maps observed that the pilot flew away from the airport and he had enough visibility to see the hills before he flew into them.

Aviation officials and law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating whether Zobayan was suicidal at the time of the crash.

Federal aviation officials are looking into Zobayan's background and interviewing his friends and family to determine whether he had financial or personal problems.

"All signs point to a CFIT [controlled flight into terrain]," an aviation source told The Washington Examiner.

A controlled flight into terrain is an accident in which a pilot intentionally or inadvertently flies an aircraft into the ground, a mountain, a body of water, or an obstacle such as a building.

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An air traffic controller warned Zobayan at least twice that he was flying too low to be tracked by radar.

Audio captured by LiveATC.net revealed that the pilot said he was climbing to avoid clouds when he suddenly veered off path above U.S. Route 101. Seconds later, he crashed into the hillside.

The transmissions between the pilot and the tower reveals the air traffic controllers didn't know what Zobayan was doing.

Minutes before the crash, a controller told Zobayan "you're still too low level" to be tracked by radar.

About four minutes later, "the pilot advised they were climbing to avoid a cloud layer," Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Monday.

It was the pilot's last contact with the tower.

"When ATC asked what the pilot planned to do, there was no reply," Homendy said. Radar indicates the helicopter climbed to 2,300 feet and then began a left descending turn."

Two minutes later, someone called 911 to report the crash.

Zobayan was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his eyesight to see the ground below him rather than using the helicopter's more accurate instrument panel to determine his elevation.

Aviation experts say a pilot with Zobayan's experience should have avoided the hills in dense fog, not flown toward them.

Flight tracking data shows the pilot flying erratically up, down, sideways, up then rapidly descending 1,700 feet.

The helicopter was flying at 184mph and descending at a rate of 4,000 feet per minute when it struck the hillside, according to Flightradar24.

The rapid ascents and descents would have sparked terror among the passengers.

At the time of the crash, the fog ceiling was about 1,300 feet above ground with a visibility of 5 miles. The pilots believe Zobayan would have seen the mountain before he flew into it.

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Usher Raymond, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg are among the stars calling for the NBA to change its logo in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna, 13, their pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, and six other passengers in California on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Following the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for Bryant, and fans are petitioning the NBA to change its logo to recognize the star.

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Naomi Campbell (pictured) and Vanessa Hudgens were also among the famous faces backing fan Nick M's campaign on website change.org, which features a logo mockup by graphic artist Tyson Beck.

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The petition aims to replace the current image, which features former basketball player and executive Jerry West in a silhouette (far right). The current NBA logo was designed by Alan Siegel in 1969.

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Lakers legends Jerry West (left) and Bryant posed together after the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"Couldn't be a better time or all around athlete and person for it," Usher wrote on Instagram, adding, "#changethelogo."

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But many NBA fans disagree. They want the NBA to leave the logo the way it is. Fans say social media has a tendency to make martyrs out of celebrities such as mixtape rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down in Los Angeles in March 2019.

When WENN.com went to press, the petition had amassed over 1.5 million signatures.

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The NBA postponed Tuesday night's game between the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers out of respect for the Lakers organization.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others on Sunday.

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According to TMZ, the Lakers players and coaches are "simply inconsolable" to play on Tuesday.

"The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the league office said in a statement on Monday.

"The game will be rescheduled at a later date.”

A news crew captured footage of Lakers star LeBron James and other players sobbing on the tarmac after the team's plane arrived at LAX airport following Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly.

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Bryant and LeBron James jockeyed for position during a game in this photo dated January 27, 2008.

16 teams played on Sunday following the news of Bryant's death. The Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs took intentional 24-second violations in honor of Bryant, who wore jersey No. 24.

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Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife Shaunie O'Neal posted the last photo she took of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant watching O'Neal's daughter Mearah O'Neil (#17) playing in a basketball tournament on Saturday.

Gianna sat on a bench while her famous father stood nearby in a lounge area overlooking the basketball court.

The photo was taken at Bryant's Mamba Sports facility in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Father and daughter were on a helicopter along with seven others when the chopper went down at 9:47 a.m. Sunday. They were heading to the sports facility when the helicopter crashed in the hills above nearby Calabasas.

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Bryant and Gianna shared a special bond. The two were inseparable. Friends say he was thrilled that "Gigi" shared his love for basketball.

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A former coach and family friend said Bryant's family is "struggling" and they will miss him "more than you can begin to imagine."

The chopper went down in extremely foggy conditions minutes after an air traffic controller told the pilot he was flying too low to be tracked.

The pilot, Ara Zoboyan, was flying under special visual flight rules (SVFR), meaning he was given permission to fly in worse weather conditions than visual flight rules (VFR) allow.

SVFR is only issued when the visibility is 1,000 feet above ground level. Flying low to the ground is very risky even under normal conditions.

The helicopter circled over the Burbank airport for about 15 minutes while air traffic control cleared other flights to take off.

Zoboyan's friends say he was qualified to fly in heavy fog and was not one to make mistakes. The pilot had experience flying the military grade helicopter. The Sikorsky S-76B required two pilots, but only one pilot was flying that day.

The Sikorsky S-76B chopper was 29 years old and had twin engines. Another pilot who flew the same helicopter said the crash occurred due to weather conditions.

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Kim Kardashian skipped the Grammy Awards to attend a midnight Sunday Service in honor of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others who perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.

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Bryant, 41, Gianna and seven others were killed when a helicopter went down in the hills above Calabasas, California in extremely foggy conditions. The crash site is located behind Kourtney Kardashian's Calabasas home.

Bryant and Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and their daughters Natalia, Bianca and infant Capri, who was born last summer.

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Kardashian, 39, was seen leaving the memorial service which took place on Sunday night, hours after the NBA legend died.

The mother of four dressed conservatively in a grey satin wrap skirt and top for the service. She shared videos of the service on her Instagram page, with gospel singer Kirk Franklin telling the crowd: "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

She captioned the video: "I needed to hear this."

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Kardashian and her husband Kanye West knew Bryant and his wife Vanessa Lane Bryant personally.

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Hours before the Sunday Service began, Kardashian posted a photo of Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Instagram along with the caption:

"My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience was Vanessa is going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and baby girl."

Kardashian's younger sister Khloe Kardashian, 35, tweeted: "This can't be real, there's no way!!! My heart hurts." In another tweet, she wrote: "Please don't let this be True. I'm shaking."

Chance the Rapper performed alongside the Sunday Service Choir.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is mourning the loss of his father, wrestling star Rocky Johnson, 75. The former pro wrestler passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, according to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) officials.

Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, Rocky made his ring debut in his native Canada in 1964, and soon competed at the top level in America's National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970s, according to WENN.com.

He then entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as the WWE, where he partnered with Tony Atlas to form The Soul Patrol and made history as the first black pair to win the Tag Team Championship in 1983.

He retired from wrestling in 1991, but went on to help train his son Dwayne to chase his dreams as pro wrestler The Rock.

His father helped Dwayne deal with depression when at age 23, he was passed over by the NFL.

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Rocky, who had been living in Florida, was married twice - first to Una Johnson, the mother of his kids Curtis and Wanda, for six years until 1968, and then to Ata Maivia, Dwayne's mom, in 1970. They divorced in 2003. Dwayne is pictured with Ata in Miami in 2017.

In early 2019, Dwayne bought his father a house - after giving his mother any house she wanted for Christmas (2018).

Dwayne said he called his dad and told him to start looking for a house in North Florida.

He shared his father's response on Instagram: "No one ever called me to tell me there're going to buy me a house before, and the fact it's you, it's my son... I'm proud of you, and I love you so much."
 

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Great chat with my old man. Felt good to my cold ? to hear him express his love. He’s a weathered soul and like all weathered souls, there’s often a harsh storied path that got them there. Well for my pops that path started at 13yrs old when his mom kicked him out of his house on Christmas day and forced him to live on the streets (very true and fucked up story) so his reality of compassion and love was forged thru pain and toughness. He raised me with that tough physical love and used to beat my ass in the gyms and on wrestling mats. I hated it then as a little boy, but grateful for it today as a man. It’s shaped my DNA and helped inform how I raise my own babies (minus the ass kickings;) but always instilling the value of hard work and discipline. For that I’m grateful and this one felt good. Crazy how full circle life can come. Enjoy your new house pop - what a storied path and thanks for the ass kickings ???? #weathered

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