Kim Kardashian attends midnight Sunday Service in honour of friend Kobe Bryant

Kim Kardashian attended a midnight Sunday Service in honour of her friend Kobe Bryant.

The star was seen leaving the memorial which took place hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13 and seven others in Calabasas, California.

Kim dressed in a white satin wrap skirt and top for the service, which she attended with her close friend Jonathan Cheban.

Paying her respects: Kim Kardashian attended a midnight Sunday Service in honour of friend Kobe Bryant hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter

The reality star shared videos of the service on her Instagram page, with gospel singer Kirk Franklin telling the crowd: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people’.

‘I needed to hear this’ Kim captioned the video. Chance the Rapper also performed alongside the Sunday Service Choir, which was founded and led by Kim’s husband Kanye West. 

Hours before the Sunday Service Kim posted a picture of Bryant and his daughter on Instagram with the caption: ‘My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what Vanessa is going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and baby girl.

Service: The star was seen leaving the memorial which took place hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13 and seven other

Service: The star was seen leaving the memorial which took place hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13 and seven other

Support: Kim dressed in a white satin wrap skirt and top for the service, which she attended with her close friend Jonathan Cheban

Support: Kim dressed in a white satin wrap skirt and top for the service, which she attended with her close friend Jonathan Cheban

Close: Kim counted the basketball legend as a family friend and had paid tribute to him on Instagram before attending the memorial service

Close: Kim counted the basketball legend as a family friend and had paid tribute to him on Instagram before attending the memorial service 

‘I cry just thinking’s about it. I am praying for their family and everyone’s families who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend’

She wasn’t the only member of the Kardashians to express pain over Bryant’s passing. Her younger sister Khloe Kardashian tweeted:  ‘This can’t be real, there’s no way!!! My heart hurts.’ In another tweet, she shared: ‘Please don’t let this be True. I’m shaking.’ 

And brother Rob Kardashian wrote: ‘All I’m thinking about is his wife and daughters … they need their Dad … Rest in Peace Mamba.’  

Sermon: The reality star shared videos of the service on her Instagram page, with gospel singer Kirk Franklin telling the crowd: 'Why do bad things happen to good people'

Sermon: The reality star shared videos of the service on her Instagram page, with gospel singer Kirk Franklin telling the crowd: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people’

Music: 'I needed to hear this' Kim captioned the video. Chance the Rapper also performed alongside the Sunday Service Choir

Music: ‘I needed to hear this’ Kim captioned the video. Chance the Rapper also performed alongside the Sunday Service Choir

Friends: Jonathan and Kim exchanged kisses after the service, which saw Chance The Rapper and Kanye West's Sunday Service choir perform

Friends: Jonathan and Kim exchanged kisses after the service, which saw Chance The Rapper and Kanye West’s Sunday Service choir perform

Emotional: The mother of four looked somber as she made her way to her car, carrying a pair of dark glasses

Emotional: The mother of four looked somber as she made her way to her car, carrying a pair of dark glasses

Loss: Hours before the Sunday Service Kim posted a picture of Bryant and his daughter on Instagram with the caption: 'My heart is so heavy'

 Loss: Hours before the Sunday Service Kim posted a picture of Bryant and his daughter on Instagram with the caption: ‘My heart is so heavy’

News of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash in California, which also claimed the NBA legend’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday, sent shock waves throughout the sports world and beyond.

Condolences began pouring in after Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76 crashed in Calabasas about 10am. The helicopter struck a hillside amid heavy fog and immediately caught fire, killing all those on board.

Investigators say they still don’t know what caused the crash, which left many of Bryant’s closest friends and admirers stunned. 

Earvin Magic Johnson tweeted a moving statement on his and his wife Cookie’s behalf, but admitted his mind was ‘racing’ as he wrote his grief-stricken words. 

Kobe Bryant was killed alongside his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, sending shockwaves throughout the sports world and beyond

Kobe Bryant was killed alongside his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, sending shockwaves throughout the sports world and beyond

 

Kim's mother Kris Jenner, her sister Khloe and brother Rob Kardashian also paid tribute on social media on Sunday afternoon

Kim’s mother Kris Jenner, her sister Khloe and brother Rob Kardashian also paid tribute on social media on Sunday afternoon

‘I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash,’ the retired NBA legend wrote, referring to Gianna as ‘Gigi’.

‘Cookie and I are heartbroken,’ Johnson said about Bryant’s loss. ‘I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court’. 

Shaquille O’Neal, who also had played for the Lakers, tweeted, ‘There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed’. 

‘My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.’ 

Magic Johnson shared a moving tribute to his friend Kobe Bryant on Sunday

Magic Johnson shared a moving tribute to his friend Kobe Bryant on Sunday 

Michael Jordan released a statement saying he would miss speaking with Bryant.

‘I will miss those conversations very much,’ the NBA legend said about Bryant. ‘He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force’. 

Golfer Tiger Woods learned the news of his friend Bryant’s death as he came off the 18th hole at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, moments before being interviewed by CBS.

‘It’s a shocker to everyone. I’m unbelievably sad … one of the more tragic days. For me, reality is just setting in,’ a visibly shaken Woods says in the footage, which was also tweeted by the PGA Tour.

'There's no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed,' Shaquille O'Neal tweeted

‘There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed,’ Shaquille O’Neal tweeted

The PGA tweeted video footage of Tiger woods being interviewed just moments after he learned of Bryant's passing. 'It's a shocker to everyone. I'm unbelievably sad ... one of the more tragic days. For me, reality is just setting in,' a visibly shaken Woods says in the footage

The PGA tweeted video footage of Tiger woods being interviewed just moments after he learned of Bryant’s passing. ‘It’s a shocker to everyone. I’m unbelievably sad … one of the more tragic days. For me, reality is just setting in,’ a visibly shaken Woods says in the footage

NBA legend Michael Jordan released a statement saying he would miss speaking with Bryant. 'I will miss those conversations very much,' the NBA legend said about Bryant. 'He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force'

NBA legend Michael Jordan released a statement saying he would miss speaking with Bryant. ‘I will miss those conversations very much,’ the NBA legend said about Bryant. ‘He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force’

Former president Barack Obama tweeted his condolences on his and his wife Michelle’s behalf. 

‘Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act,’ the former president wrote.

He added that the loss of Gianna for him and his wife was, ‘even more heartbreaking to us as parents’, and personally mentioned Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, in the post.

‘Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day’.  

President Donald Trump later tweeted his and first Lady Melania Trump’s regards, saying that ‘despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time,’ Bryant ‘was just getting started in life’. 

‘He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….’ Trump wrote.

Former president Barack Obama shared condolences on his and his wife Michelle's behalf

Former president Barack Obama shared condolences on his and his wife Michelle’s behalf

 

Trump tweeted on his and first Lady Melania Trump's behalf to express their condolences

Trump tweeted on his and first Lady Melania Trump’s behalf to express their condolences

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash scene near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas after a group of mountain bikers spotted smoke from the helicopter’s wreckage.

A flight plan indicated the helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9.06am PST and the last signal was received from the aircraft at 9.45am. It was expected to land at San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte. 

Initial reports claimed five people had been killed, but the death toll was raised to nine – including the pilot, named locally as Ara Zobayan. Among those also killed was John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange County College, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa. Girls basketball coach Christina Mauser was also killed in crash.  

The cause of the crash is under investigation but the control tower at Burbank Airport was contacted by the pilot shortly before 10am local time. At around 9.40am the helicopter turned south, towards a mountainous area, flight tracker data shows. Five minutes later it hit the hillside at 1700 feet. 

Among the first sports professionals to react on social media was Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who was quick to tweet that ‘I hope this isn’t true man!!’ 

Former New York Yankees short stop Derek Jeter penned a tribute in The Players’ Tribune, which he founded, saying he too would miss conversing with Bryant. 

 ‘All I ever needed to know about Kobe Bryant was this: that throughout our friendship, the most meaningful conversations we had — they were always about family,’ the 45-year-old retired Yankees captain writes.

‘Put aside one of the all-time great basketball careers for a second. Put aside his famous work ethic, the Mamba mentality, that incredible will to win. I’ll let everyone else tackle that,’ Jeter says, including a reference to Bryant’s ‘Mamba’ nickname.

Tristan Thompson was quick to tweet that 'I hope this isn't true man!!' upon hearing the news that the 41-year-old was one of five people killed in the crash

Tristan Thompson was quick to tweet that ‘I hope this isn’t true man!!’ upon hearing the news that the 41-year-old was one of five people killed in the crash

‘But when I think of Kobe, I really just end up thinking about those special few personal conversations that we were lucky enough to share together, each time one of us had a new baby daughter’. 

Celebrities shared memories of moments they had with Bryant.

Jennifer Lopez tweeted that she and husband, former baseball pro Alex Rodriguez, were sharing memories of Bryant, and said they couldn’t fathom what his widow Vanessa and family are enduring.

‘I am sending all of my love and praying for you, your children and the other families involved in today’s tragic turn of events,’ J.Lo wrote. 

Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted Bryant was ‘larger than life’, while Hugh Jackman credited him for being one of the players who got him interested in basketball when the Australian actor first came to the US.

Jennifer Lopez also tweeted about her memories of Bryant

Jennifer Lopez also tweeted about her memories of Bryant

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted Bryant was 'larger than life'

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted Bryant was ‘larger than life’

Hugh Jackman credited him for being one of the players who got him interested in basketball when the Australian actor first came to the US

Hugh Jackman credited him for being one of the players who got him interested in basketball when the Australian actor first came to the US

‘Kobe’s amazing talent, professionalism and love of the game was palpable,’ the X-Men star wrote.   

Similar comments continued coming from celebrities through out the day, with many of them sharing pictures they took with Bryant.  

Demi Lovato posted a shot a shot of herself posing with the Lakers legend at the Staples Center.

‘This makes me so sad. Kobe you were always so sweet to me. Known you over 10 years.. not super well but we always joked about you coming over and playing that game of horse! You will he so missed by so many. You’re a legend with wings now. RIP Kobe.’  

Demi Lovato tweeted a picture of herself posing with the Lakers legend at the Staples Center 'This makes me so sad. Kobe you were always so sweet to me', she wrote

Demi Lovato tweeted a picture of herself posing with the Lakers legend at the Staples Center ‘This makes me so sad. Kobe you were always so sweet to me’, she wrote

Some mourners posted cherished images of Bryant. Model Bella Hadid tweeted a photo of Bryant reading the Los Angeles Times sports section while traveling with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, likely from the back-to-back titles in 2010. 

‘I can’t believe this…Rest in Peace King…. thinking about Vanessa and their beautiful children during this time….,’ she wrote.

Bella Hadid posted a photo of Kobe reading the Los Angeles Times sports section while traveling with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy, likely from the back-to-back titles in 2010

Bella Hadid posted a photo of Kobe reading the Los Angeles Times sports section while traveling with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, likely from the back-to-back titles in 2010

Travis Barker of Blink-182, who lives nearby in the upscale Southern California neighborhood, simply tweeted: 'RIP KOBE.'

Travis Barker of Blink-182, who lives nearby in the upscale Southern California neighborhood, simply tweeted: ‘RIP KOBE.’

Khalid wrote: 'RIP Kobe. This is heartbreaking unbelievable'

Khalid wrote: ‘RIP Kobe. This is heartbreaking unbelievable’

Legend: Kobe spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times

Legend: Kobe spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times

A$AP Rocky shared on social media: 'RIP KOBE, SO SAD, SUCH A SAD DAY N SAD NEWS, WE LOVE U'

A$AP Rocky shared on social media: ‘RIP KOBE, SO SAD, SUCH A SAD DAY N SAD NEWS, WE LOVE U’

Travis Barker of Blink-182, who lives nearby in the upscale Southern California neighborhood, simply tweeted: ‘RIP KOBE.’

Singer Khalid similarly tweeted, ‘RIP Kobe,’ adding ‘This is heartbreaking unbelievable.’

Rap artist A$AP Rocky also shared on social media: ‘RIP KOBE, SO SAD, SUCH A SAD DAY N SAD NEWS, WE LOVE U.’ 

Model Chrissy Teigen expressed shock, saying in a social media post she could not believe ‘this is real’, upon hearing the news that Bryant died. 

Chrissy Teigen was shocked and could not believe 'this is real' upon hearing the news that Bryant died

Chrissy Teigen was shocked and could not believe ‘this is real’ upon hearing the news that Bryant died

'Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe,' John Legend wrote

‘Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe,’ John Legend wrote

Lance Bass shared a photo of the notable guard wearing his iconic purple and gold uniform with the caption: 'No words'

Lance Bass shared a photo of the notable guard wearing his iconic purple and gold uniform with the caption: ‘No words’

Jimmy Kimmel reveled on how 'deeply-involved' Kobe was with his four daughters, Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri

Jimmy Kimmel reveled on how ‘deeply-involved’ Kobe was with his four daughters, Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri

Singer John Legend said he was ‘so sad and stunned,’ over Bryant’s death and also recalled rap artist Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down in the parking lot of his clothing store in Los Angeles last March. 

 ‘Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe’, tweeted Legend.

Lance Bass of NSYNC fame tweeted a photo of the notable guard wearing his iconic purple and gold uniform with the caption: ‘No words.’  

On Wednesday, Bryant celebrated the 13-year anniversary of a remarkable game where he earned 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second best single game point total in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain still holds the title of most points scored in a single game with 100 points. 

Late night funny man Jimmy Kimmel tweeted Bryant was ‘one of the hardest-working athletes ever’. 

‘We will never forget you Kobe.’  

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