Kobe Bryant Fans Paying Respects at the Wrong Grave


Shortly after the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the 7 of their friends on the aircraft, photos were released of what was thought to be the gravesite belonging to the Bryant family.  Fans flocked to the apparent $500,000 grave, leaving flowers, balloons, cards, etc to show their respect for the basketball legend and his daughter.

Leaked photos of the Bryant family’s alleged gravesite

However, security at the cemetery quickly made it known that the plot fans had been crowding had no relation whatsoever to the Bryant family.  The gated graves remain unmarked for privacy reasons, so there was no way to truly know who they were paying their respects to.

Pacific View Memorial Park, the location where Bryant is buried, released the following statement: “As part of our commitment to all families, we guard their privacy and do not discuss specific matters with the media. However, we can confirm that a photo circulating on certain websites is not the final resting place of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. We ask that the public respect the privacy of the family whose loved one is interred at the pictured location.”

The hundreds of purple and yellow flowers have been removed from the site, and the family in which the grave belongs to has requested an increase of security around the area.

While the fans certainly only have the best intentions, it’s still a little disturbing to think about the fact that hundreds of people are constantly crowding a random person’s gravesite, flooding it with their various symbols of love and respect.

A more appropriate way for fans to mourn their idol was to attend the public memorial service held in the Staples Center on February 24th, 2020.  The date is symbolic in that Gianna Bryant’s basketball jersey number was 2, Kobe’s was 24, and he spent 20 years playing in the NBA, all 20 for the Lakers.

Watch the full service here: