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Date set for Kobe Bryant's memorial service in Los Angeles

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Posted at 12:42 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 12:42:05-05

A memorial service is set to be held in the Staples Center on Feb. 24 to remember NBA icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people killed in a helicopter crash last month.

The former basketball player's widow, Vanessa Bryant, shared details of the memorial in an Instagram post, calling the event a "celebration of life."

Vanessa Bryant's post Friday was captioned, "#2, #24 #20 years as a Laker and the amount of years Kob and I were together." The date 2/24 could also be symbolic, as Kobe Bryant wore No. 24 in the latter part of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his daughter, Gianna, wore No. 2 for her youth basketball teams.

The memorial is expected to be open to the public, but that entry is expected to be restricted, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Staples Center has a capacity of 20,000.

The Times reported that the Staples Center memorial will cap off a week of remembrances of the NBA legend, who won five NBA titles as a member of the Lakers.

The Staples Center has hosted a number of memorial services in the past, most notably for musicians Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people who died on a helicopter crash en route to a youth basketball tournament in Southern California late January.

The cause of the crash has not been released, but a preliminary NTSB report said the helicopter involved in the deadly crash had no outward engine failure.

The NTSB is looking into whether the heavy fog played a role in the crash.