Corona del Mar cemetery denies reported location of Kobe and Gianna Bryant grave
The Corona del Mar cemetery widely reported as the final resting place of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna says visitors have been leaving tributes to the Lakers great at the wrong gravesite.
People began going to Pacific View Memorial Park to place flowers at an unmarked gravesite after it was pictured in a Feb. 14 Daily Mail article.
The article said Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were laid side by side in a private burial plot marked by newly planted purple and yellow flowers, balloons and pinwheels.
Death certificates indicated the two were buried at the cemetery in a private service Feb. 7.
Pacific View, where movie legend John Wayne and other notables from entertainment, sports and industry are interred, says it doesn’t release grave locations to the public and declined to comment about the Bryants’ gravesite earlier this month after it was reported they were buried there.
Several other notables from sports, entertainment and industry are among those buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, including screen giant John Wayne.
The exact location of the grave is not marked, and a spokeswoman for the cemetery disputed the Daily Mail article.
“We cannot divulge any additional details as to where they are. But we can tell you that is not the correct location,” Ashley Bunton told USA Today.
A representative of Pacific View’s parent company, Houston-based Service Corp. International, did not return a message from the Daily Pilot seeking further comment Thursday.
The Bryants were killed Jan. 26 along with seven other people in a helicopter crash in Calabasas as they were headed to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Ventura County.
A public memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant will be held Monday at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Daily Pilot staff contributed to this report.
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