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Kobe Bryant & GiGi Bryant's Staples Center Memorial Stage Covered With Thousands Of Roses

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By Ryan Naumann

The celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi Bryant is about to start and inside is decorated with thousands of roses.

The public memorial is set to go down at Staples Center with thousands of fans attending today. Many fans have been warned not to show up without tickets. Officials believe it will be extremely overcrowded.

Attendees are set to include Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Vanessa Bryant, and his children. The Staples Center only holds 20,000 people but 88,000 fans tried to get tickets.

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The Blast obtained a photo from inside the venue which shows the stage surrounded by white and red roses, which was lit up with purpose lights. The memorial is scheduled to start at 10am.

Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant wrote a touching message following the NBA legend’s death. She wrote, “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe— the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri."

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She continued, "We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever.”

Earlier this week, the news broke that Kobe Bryant’s pilot received a violation from the FAA in 2015. According to reports, Ara Zobayan got in trouble after an FAA investigator found he had violated the rules by “crossing into busy airspace near Los Angeles International Airport on May 11, 2015.”

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