After Ellen Heard About Kobe Bryant’s Death, The Host Taped A Tearful Tribute To Her Friend

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In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing, many celebrities, fans and organizations have paid touching tributes to him and his family. Among these was a statement from Ellen DeGeneres – who had been marking her birthday as news of the NBA legend’s demise broke. But when the TV host began her speech, she simply couldn’t hold back her tears.

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At the time of his death, Bryant had been traveling via helicopter to a basketball game, where he would have coached his daughter Gianna’s team. But the S-76B aircraft crashed into a hill, and all on board were killed. These were Bryant, 13-year-old Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan, Alyssa Altobelli (aged 14), Alyssa’s parents, John and Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester (aged 13), her mother, Sarah, and assistant coach Christina Mauser.

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