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Kobe, Gianna laid to rest

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RORY McIlroy’s golf bag has special head covers for his metal woods and putter to honor Kobe Bryant. AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried last week near their family home in Newport Beach, California, in a private ceremony, according to death certificates.

A death certificate for the basketball legend, who was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on 26 January along with his daughter and seven others, states that he was buried last Friday at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, United States media reported.

A memorial service for Bryant and Gianna is planned 24 February at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles which can hold 20,000 people.

The Center, also the home of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings and venue for concerts and events such as the recent Grammy Awards, has hosted memorials for recording artists Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle.

Byrant’s wife Vanessa on Monday took to Instagram to express her grief saying “my brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone.”

“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,” she added.

“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.”

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