Flea Prays For Kobe Bryant, Writes Poignant Tribute

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist is in shock

January 28, 2020

Among the many high-profile Lakers fans in Los Angeles is Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And the legendary bassist has found some of the most poignant words possible to honor and mourn Kobe Bryant.

In a touching Instagram post, Flea said he was in shock over Kobe’s death, adding that he and his wife devoted their morning prayers to the Bryant family as they tried to come to grips with the tragedy.

“Kobe, by virtue of his passion, intelligence, discipline, ferocious spirit and thoughtfulness, brought me oodles of joy,” Flea said. “He inspired and uplifted me. I was in awe of him. He brought our city together, all of us. The fact that he embraced me warmly the few times we met touched my heart. To see him grow the way he did, from an unapologetically intense competitor, then at the end of his career, becoming wiser, kinder, grateful and loving in his role as a pillar of Los Angeles, was as inspiring as his immortal acts on the hardwood.”

Flea then turned his attention to Kobe’s family and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who was one of three young people on the helicopter went it went down on Sunday.

“His love with his family, seeing his beautiful little girl Gianna bust her turn-around jumpers, and him being there for her at every turn warmed my heart. May their souls be in bliss with God. The energy he brought to this earth will always be remembered. My condolences and love to the Bryant family.”

Flea is a longtime fan of the Lakers, but he doesn't just stick to his seat at Staples Center. He's used his talents to perform the national anthem and play in celebrity games on the court.

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