Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi’s remains have been released by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and given to their family for final resting, we have learned.
According to the LA Coroner’s Office, the bodies of Kobe and Gianna have been released after confirmation of their identity and cause of death were determined by investigators inside the office.
As we reported, both of them, along with the other seven passengers in the helicopter’s cause of death was officially listed as “blunt trauma.”
As we reported, the NTSB has not released the exact cause of the tragic helicopter accident, but they did ask the public for help with any photographs of the weather in the area at the time of the crash.
It has not been announced if any official memorial for the NBA legend will be held by the Los Angeles Lakers or members of the league. But, it was reported the event may be so big, they are looking for other venues besides Staple’s Center.
The Coroner’s office had the terrible job of identifying all of the victims on board the helicopter and weren’t immediately able to to it all at once. Last week they released an update saying, “On Sunday afternoon, personnel from the department’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) recovered three bodies from the helicopter wreckage located in the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas.”
It continued, “The next day, the search continued for the other six helicopter occupants. Soon after, their bodies were located, removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center.”
Celebrities have been flocking to Miami this weekend for the Super Bowl, and many of them are paying tribute to Kobe and his young daughter.
Comedian Kevin Hart stood up during the Fanatic’s pre-Super Bowl party and made a speech about the tragic event. “I just want to keep everybody in a positive, amazing place. And celebrate life today, goddamnit. If you love Kobe Bryant, this is a day to spread his positivity through the air. It’s love. Let’s be f* connected on the highest level,” he said.
He continued, “We lost a legend but we want to make sure that legend lives on forever and it starts with us remembering one thing and that’s equality. Let’s feast. Let’s love. This room is an example of it. Hold that example HIGH. You hear me? Live, love and laugh. Kobe rest in peace, we love you. Continue the night, that’s all guys.”
Several tributes are planned during the Super Bowl broadcast, including one by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira during their halftime performance.