Kobe Bryant's widow 'refusing to accept' deaths of husband and daughter

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Vanessa Bryant Announces Memorial for Kobe and Gianna to Be Held on Feb. 24

A memorial for Bryant and Gianna will be held at the Staples Center on February 24 at 10 a.m., Bryant's wife Vanessa wrote on Instagram.

Vanessa Bryant has said her brain refused to accept that her husband, National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna are deceased.

Vanessa wrote: "My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who have shown support and love during this horrific time". My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. To further Kobe and Gianna's legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. Kobe is survived by Vanessa and their three other children, Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, seven months.

Bryant's widow, Vanessa, has announced a public "celebration of life" for Kobe, Gianna and the other crash victims will be held on February 24 at Staples Center arena.

Though the emotions and pain were still incredibly raw, Vanessa told her followers, "I know what I'm feeling is normal". It is part of the grieving process.

"God, I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over", wrote Vanessa. 'Praying for all of the victims of this disgusting tragedy.

'Thank you @tat2nene, ' 2 Chainz said in his Instagram post, adding the hashtags #24 #longlivebean, referring to Bryant's middle name Bean.

Vanessa Bryant shared an emotional Instagram post on Monday as she continues to process the death of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and her 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Since the accident, fans and celebrities have flocked to social media to pay their respects to Bryant, Gianna and the other victims, which include John Altobelli, 56, Sarah Chester, 46, Payton Chester, 13, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, Christina Mauser, 38, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

The death certificate states Bryant died in a "commercial helicopter crash" and lists the official cause of death as "blunt trauma", with a "rapid" interval "between onset and death".

Vanessa said in spite of her grief, she recognizes that she needs to be strong for her family.

The number 24 has always held a special place for Kobe Bryant as it was the number which the legend sported ever since his 2006-07 season. The 20,000-seat basketball palace in downtown Los Angeles is expected to be at capacity.

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