Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, breaks down in tears during emotional Staples Center tribute speech – The Sun

KOBE Bryant's widow Vanessa broke down in tears during an emotional speech at his memorial today, a month after Kobe and Gianna, 13, died in a horrific helicopter crash.

The massive Staples Center event opened with a performance from Beyonce, but the mood was primarily somber, with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson seen comforting other mourners.

Her touching words came after the 18-time NBA All-Stars champion died in a devastating chopper crash on January 26 that killed all nine passengers, including the pilot.

Vanessa, 37, held back tears as she issued a touching tribute to her legendary husband Kobe, 41, and 13-year-old Gianna aka "GiGi" at the memorial, titled "A Celebration of Life" today.

Addressing the enormous crowd, his grieving wife described Kobe's "magic arms" and how he looked after their daughters so well, describing his death as a "loss I do not understand."

"He loved taking the girls to the coy fish pond, the last time they went was the night before he and GiGi passed," an emotional Vanessa said.  a month after the tragedy.

"He loved being Gianna's coach," she continued. "He is [not] going to be able to walk our daughter's down the aisle."

"They were funny, happy, silly, and they loved life – they were so full of joy and adventure," Vanessa said as she struggled not to cry.

"God knew that they couldn't be in this earth without each other," she said. "He had to bring them home to be together. Babe, you take care of GiGi." 

His wife Vanessa announced the date on Instagram, with the caption: "#2, #24, #20 Years as a Laker and the amount of years Kob and I were together."

The date of the memorial has extra significance: Bryant wore the number 24 in the latter part of his NBA career, while Gianna wore the number 2 for her youth basketball teams.

Vanessa and Kobe were together for 20 years.

The memorial is being held in the stadium where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers, alongside other stars such as LeBron James and Quinn Cook.

Following his tragic death, thousands of basketball fans gathered outside the arena to remember the legend as celebrities paid tribute to the Lakers star.

Dedicated fans built a monument to commemorate him, built from flowers, letters, jerseys and basketballs.

Her touching comments come after it emerged Vanessa hit the helicopter company with a wrongful death suit in the wake of their deaths.

The lawsuit reportedly claimed the chopper carrying Kobe and Gianna to the Mamba Academy shouldn't have been put in such dangerous conditions before the crash.

The 27-count complaint claims Island Express was subject to strict visual flight rules and it alleges weather conditions on the day of the tragedy weren't suitable for flying due to low fog, reports TMZ.

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