A spokesman for Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach confirmed to the Daily Mail that Kobe and Gigi Bryant attended a Catholic mass before the fatal helicopter accident.
The NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter went to the 7 a.m. service at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach where they both received Communion.
Father Anthony Vu, a Vietnamese parochial vicar at the church, conducted the service.
The pair soon boarded Kobe’s helicopter with pilot Ara Zoyban to fly to Thousand Oaks to Mamba Academy.
Around 9:30 am the S-76 Sikorsky crashed in the hills near Calabasas, firefighters responded shortly after receiving a 911 call at 9:47 am. It was later confirmed that Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter, Gigi, 13, along with seven others did not survived the crash.
Another to confirm his attendance of the Sunday was Father David Barnes, a Catholic priest in Boston. He tweeted hours after the tragic incident.
Orange County Diocese Bishop Timothy Freyer posted a heartfelt Facebook post asking for prayer and mourning.
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