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Report: Public memorial arrangements announced for Kobe Bryant, 8 others killed in helicopter crash

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 17:07:21-05

LOS ANGELES -- The city of Los Angeles will hold a public memorial for basketball icon Kobe Bryant and eight others killed in a helicopter crash, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

The public memorial will be held at Staples Center on Monday, February 24, LA Times reports.

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Back on January 26, Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died after their helicopter crashed in Southern California. Bryant was reportedly on his way to a travel basketball game with Gianna before the helicopter crashed into the ground Sunday.

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On Wednesday, Gianna had her jersey number retired at Harbor Day School. Her mother, Vanessa Bryant, posted photos and videos on her Instagram of the ceremony.

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Staples Center, the home arena of the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and NHL's Kings, has previously hosted memorials and funerals for pop legend Michael Jackson and rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Bryant is considered one of the best players in NBA history. The longtime Laker brought five NBA titles to Los Angeles and earned a pair of Olympic gold medals with the U.S. men's basketball team.