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Vanessa Bryant and her eldest daughter Natalia (left) have been forced to block fan pages on Instagram because they remind them too much of her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant.

Vanessa and Natalia have been blocking accounts because they are tired of logging in and "constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe".

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The NBA icon and his and Vanessa's 13-year-old daughter Gigi were killed in a helicopter crash in January, and Vanessa and Natalia continue to struggle to come to terms with the devastating tragedy.

Particularly disturbing to the family are the many fan pages that post hundreds of photos of Kobe and Gianna on Instagram daily.

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Vanessa thanked fans for their love and support in the wake of Kobe and Gianna's deaths, but she and 17-year-old Natalia are tired of logging in and seeing constant reminders of their loss on their social media pages.

"Thx so much for all the (love)," she wrote on Instagram over the weekend. "@nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages."

She added: "Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm. We (love) you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your (love)."

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NBA retiree Dwyane Wade took to Instagram.com to show off his new cotton candy pink hair color. Wade posted the image to his IG account on Friday with no caption.

The 38-year-old Chicago native wore a bracelet to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant's daughter, Gianna Bryant, in honor of what would have been her 14th birthday on May 1. The bracelet reads: "Gigi Bryant Mambacita 5106."

Wade retired from the NBA in 2019. The three-time NBA champion earned $196,388,473 during his career.

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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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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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Photographers at the star-studded Kobe Bryant memorial service in Los Angeles were reportedly banned from taking pictures of Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

Beyonce (right) is pictured at the memorial service with her longtime publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, before departing the arena.

20,000 fans and hordes of stars flocked to the Staples Center for the live-streamed memorial to basketball legend Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, who were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Beyonce, 39, opened the memorial with stirring performances of her hit songs "XO" and "Halo," which Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant says were among his favorite tunes.

But photographers from the Associated Press and Getty Images told the New York Post that organizers of the event banned them from taking pictures of the singer or Kobe's children.

"A Staples Center staffer was dispatched to make sure not a single camera was focused on the stage," a source told gossip column Page Six.

"The photographers couldn't believe it. This doesn't help Beyonce's image at all, it hurts her. It makes her look like a diva. The memorial wasn't about her. The only shots of Bey that did emerge were screen grabs from TV. None of the other artists at the memorial asked for this, not Christina Aguilera, not Alicia Keys."

Representatives for the semi-retired cabana singer have yet to respond to the claims.

It's widely known that the mother-of-three only releases pictures she approves of, taken at certain at angles, and Photoshopped to perfection by an official photographer after the Internet made a mockery of her 2013 Super Bowl performance when news outlets publishing "unflattering" images of her.

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Thousands attended the star-studded memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, at the Staples Center on Monday, Feb. 24.

Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash along with seven others last month.

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The memorial service, which started at 10 a.m. local time, drew fans from around the country, some of whom paid up to $250 for a ticket.

Organizers urged people without tickets to stay away from the arena. LAPD reported no disturbances, according to NBC New York.

Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant gave a tearful speech after an introduction by Jimmy Kimmel.

"I'd like to thank everyone for coming today," she said. "The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting."

She was joined by her daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 7-month-old Capri They were surrounded by family and friends on stage.

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"She was daddy's girl but I know she loved her mama," Vanessa said of Gianna. "She was one of my very best friends."

Semi-retired singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, performed one of Kobe's favorite songs at the service.

"I'm here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs," said Beyonce before performing her hit single "Halo" along with a live orchestra.

Alicia Keys also performed one of Kobe and Vanessa's favorite musical sonatas by Beethoven on a purple piano. Kobe learned how to play the piece by ear.

NBA legends Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal made stirring speeches.
 


 


 


 

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Singers Jennifer Hudson (left) and Queen Latifah honored the late NBA star Kobe Bryant before the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago over the weekend.

Latifah, 49, performed Stevie Wonder's hit song "Love's in Need of Love Today" at the NBA's Saturday Night Skills competitions. She added a rap verse in honor of Kobe, who died along with his daughter, Gianna, 13, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26.

Latifah added the verse "Give love a shot / When you do, say 'Kobe' / 24 hours, eight days a week, trophies."

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Latifah attended the 2020 All-Star game on Sunday with her life partner Eboni Nichols.

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Jennifer Hudson performed a stirring tribute to Kobe during the NBA All-Star pre-game at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.

Hudson, 38, was introduced by an emotional Magic Johnson, 60, who led the audience in 8 seconds of silence for Kobe and late NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died in January from complications of a stroke.

The Grammy and Oscar winner performed in front of a giant screen that flashed photos from Kobe's stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers and touching images of the NBA legend with his daughter.

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Hudson wore a floor length crushed velvet gown as she performed "For All We Know." Afterwards, she posed with celebrities such as rapper Ludacris, center, and actor Chadwick Boseman, right.

Rap producer Dr. Dre also performed a tribute to Kobe's greatest moments in sports. The Staples Center was temporarily renamed KOBE Center in his video.

Rapper Common performed a song before introducing the All-Stars for Team LeBron James and Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team members wore the numbers 2 and 24 for Gianna and Kobe respectively.

A public memorial service will be held for Kobe and Gianna at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 24. But the service is marred with controversy because tickets are being sold for as much as $250 with the proceeds going to Kobe's charity.

Watch Hudson's and Latifah's tributes below.
 

Jennifer Hudson - For All We Know

 

Queen Latifah - Love's in Need of Love Today"

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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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Vanessa Bryant remembered her late daughter Gianna in a heartbreaking post on Instagram on Wednesday, as her high school held a ceremony to officially retire the 13-year-old's jersey.

Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash with her father, Kobe Bryant, and seven others last month, was remembered by her school friends and basketball teammates at Harbor Day middle school on Wednesday.

Gianna had worn the number 2 jersey as a starter on the Harbor Day girls basketball team and the Mamba Sports Academy girls basketball team.

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Gianna was the second daughter born to Vanessa and Kobe Bryant in 2006, after Vanessa suffered a miscarriage the year before. Gigi is seen here with her mom and older sister, Natalia.

Vanessa, 37, shared photos and videos from the ceremony on Instagram, writing: "My Gianna. God I miss you. I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years. Wish it would’ve been until my last breath. Mommy loves you to the moon and back. Infinity plus 1. #2 #Mambacita #GigiBryant."

She also later shared a snap of Gianna's framed jersey, writing: "My Gigi. I love you! I miss you. You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small. Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita. #2."

According to WENN.com, a group of the school's 6th and 7th graders gathered together to sing Maroon 5's hit song "Memories" in tribute to Gianna.

The group's frontman Adam Levine shared a video of the emotional moment on Twitter.com.

"It's important to cry. It’s important to sing. It's important to love so hard and hold on so tightly for as long as we can. Now more than ever. #GIRLDAD," the dad of two daughters wrote, referencing Kobe's now famous quote that he was proud to be a "girl dad", as the father of four daughters with Vanessa.