A big celebration of life memorial in honor of Kobe Bryant is kicking off in Los Angeles today, and now we have some photos of the Jumbotron from inside Staples Center, where the event is being held. In a photo posted to Twitter, a fan shared a snapshot of the massive screens, which are displaying photos of Bryant. The photo also shows the stage where various people from Bryant's life will be speaking, and there also appear to be instruments set up for some musical performances.
In addition to Bryant, the service will also honor his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, both of whom perished in a tragic helicopter crash on Jan. 26.
They only printed 20,000 copies of the program for today’s Kobe & Gigi memorial for those in attendance at Staples Center so here’s a thread of what it looks like for those unable to attend. pic.twitter.com/m7ID4WYplA— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) February 24, 2020
In a tweet, journalist Shaheem Reid shared a few details about the memorial, saying, "The #StaplesCenter is just about filled up. People are still filing in. The ceremony for #KobeandGianna is about to start."
He continued: "They will get a tremendous sendoff today. Many Artists, athletes and other entertainers will be in attendance and / or participating today."
LIVE NOW: Watch the Celebration of Life Memorial for Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna live from Staples Center. Tune to FOX 11, watch live in app or click here: https://t.co/I0hu5j05M6 #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/H0CSOjKDCd— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) February 24, 2020
Many Twitter users have since been taking to the social media site to honor Bryant as the memorial gets started, with one person writing, "Currently live streaming the memorial at work. Everyone in the building is Live streaming it, Kobe definitely remains in everyone's heart."
"#KOBE I just want to thank you again for inspiring millions upon millions of people globally including myself. You will never be forgotten your positive impact on society was definitely left," commented someone else.
"I'm at work watching the news about Kobe and Gigi's memorial and I'm ready to cry. This is the saddest loss Los Angeles has ever dealt with," tweeted one last fan.