American basketball player and the champion of NBA Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. His daughter Gianna Onore Bryant, 13, also died in the accident. The two were among those killed when a helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu in Los Angeles County. Fans and celebrities put out their kind thoughts and heartfelt messages on social media after their death.
Just a few days ago, on February 24, 2020, a memorial for the late basketball star was arranged at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in which Beyonce made a special request to the organizers of the event. The memorial service organized for Kobe witnessed the who's who of the entertainment and sports industry in presence, to pay their last respects for the legendary NBA player. Several family members paid their last respect to Kobe but Beyonce's musical paean to him stole the show, as the singer performed on some of his favourites. Recently, it was revealed that the singer had also made a special request to the organisers of the show, requesting them not to get her pictures clicked during the performance.
Reportedly, Beyonce wanted to focus on the show and not take the attention away from Vanessa Bryant and the family. The singer only performed at the memorial service to remember her long-time friend, Kobe and wanted to do something special for Vanessa. The singer’s friendship with Vanessa and Kobe Bryant is traced back to the ’90s when Kobe appeared in the remix of Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name and featured in the music video for the group’s song Bug-A-Boo.
(Source: The Republic)