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Following the In Memoriam segment, the awards show highlighted the former athlete with a visual presentation of images from his career.
The tribute opened with an empty basketball court onstage. An audio clip that featured Bryant thanking his fans at a Los Angeles Lakers game played as images of him appeared onscreen.
Two banners featuring Bryant’s jersey numbers 8 and 24 were later revealed.
The athlete and Oscar winner died Jan. 26 when a helicopter he was traveling in went down in the hills of Calabasas, north of Los Angeles. Along with seven others, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was killed in the accident, which is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The segment concluded by playing a clip of Bryant speaking to his fans following a game. He thanked his family for their support during the speech. A photo of Bryant and Gianna sitting courtside at a game then appeared.
A public memorial event for Bryant is set to take place Monday at Staples Center.
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