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“Tell people you love them.” Ellen’s Beautiful Message After Kobe Bryant’s Death

It’s been just over 48 hours since news of Kobe Bryant’s death rocked the world.

The basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. He was just 41.

For some, he was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. A hero. A tireless advocate for women’s basketball. A philanthropist who gave back to homeless communities. For others, he was a dad. A mentor. An inspiration. A friend. And for some, he was a man charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 2003. (The case was settled out of court and the details have never been made public. Bryant did make a statement at the time apologising to the woman and acknowledging that “she did not view this incident the same way I did.”)

Regardless of how you choose to remember him, one thing seems to be clear: tomorrow is never guaranteed. And it’s this message that Ellen DeGeneres so eloquently shared on her talk show today.

“Thank you for being here,” she began.

I will mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant and feel bad for his family while also remembering that the man got away with rape and that the woman he assaulted is now going to have to re-live the horror of it all over again as media and cruel people attack her and venerate him.

— Andy Grabia (@agrabia) January 26, 2020


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“I appreciate it today more than ever, more than I did yesterday, and tomorrow I will appreciate it more than today because life is short, ” she continued with tears in her eyes.

“Yesterday was supposed to be a celebratory day, and then we got the tragic news about Kobe Bryant, and everything changed in a second. And that’s what I want to talk about.”

“Life is short, and it’s fragile, and we don’t know how many birthdays we have. So just – you don’t have to have a birthday to celebrate,” she said.

“Just celebrate life. And if you haven’t told someone you love them, do it now. Do it. Tell people you love them. Call your friends. Text your friends. Hug them. Kiss them. Be nice to people at the DMV. They’re people. Be nice to them.”


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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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