Kobe Bryant live stream: Fans pack Staples Center for memorial to NBA star, daughter Gianna

Kobe Bryant live stream: Fans pack Staples Center for memorial to NBA star, daughter Gianna

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant filled the city’s Staples Center to the rafters one last time on Monday, as tens of thousands packed his team’s home arena for a memorial service to the icon and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The father and daughter were killed last month in a helicopter crash alongside eight others.

Mourners, many decked out in Bryant jerseys, packed the arena for what the hoopster’s widow, Vanessa, has dubbed a “Celebration of Life.”

The ceremony opened with Beyonce, radiant in a Lakers-gold outfit, belting out her 2013 track “XO,” which she said was among Bryant’s most beloved tunes.

“I’m here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs,” said Beyonce, backed by a group of white-clad singers and a small string section.

Among the more than 20,000 attendees were Lakers greats past and present — including, respectively, Magic Johnson and Anthony Davis — as well as past Bryant teammates Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom, and longtime coach Phil Jackson.

A person wears a Lakers Kobe Bryant #24 jersey during a public memorial for NBA great Bryant.

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Kobe and Gigi Bryant Memorial Service

Mourners are seated before paying their respects to Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Kobe Bryant Memorial Basketball

Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Kobe Bryant Memorial Basketball

Alyssa Shapiro, 27, of Huntington Beach, and her father, Rick Shapiro, 55, stand outside Staples Center in Los Angeles before a public memorial for Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Rick Foxx arrives to Kobe Bryant tribute

Rick Foxx arrives to Kobe Bryant tribute

Rick Foxx arrives for the Kobe Bryant tribute in Los Angeles.

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'A Celebration of Life' for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Los Angeles

'A Celebration of Life' for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Los Angeles

Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Kobe and Gigi Bryant Memorial Service

Kobe and Gigi Bryant Memorial Service

Mourners are seated before paying their respects to Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi.

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Kobe and Gigi Bryant Memorial Service

Kobe and Gigi Bryant Memorial Service

Mourners are seated before paying their respects to Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi.

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But much of the crowd consisted of everyday fans who had watched Bryant for 20 seasons in the purple-and-gold, and who won a lottery for a ticket to say goodbye Monday.

Bryant, 41, Gianna, and seven others were killed when their helicopter slammed into the foggy hills of Calabasas, California on Jan. 26.

An official investigation into the cause is ongoing.

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Kobe Bryant Memorial Basketball

Former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson hugs Pam Bryant, mother of Kobe Bryant.

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The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant

Former Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace attends The Celebration of Life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

Public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

Former basketball player Magic Johnson, former head coach Phil Jackson and player Anthony Davis attend a public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash.

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American basketball player Lamar Odom attends a public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

American basketball player Lamar Odom attends a public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Former basketball player Lamar Odom attends a public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash.

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Kobe Bryant Memorial Basketball

Joe Bryant and former Los Angeles Lakers’ Derek Fisher arrive for a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

Public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

Former American basketball player Dwyane Wade, his wife Gabrielle Union, and former American basketball player Bill Russel attend a public memorial for NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash.

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