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Oscars 2020: Kobe Bryant remembered on red carpet as Spike Lee wears custom purple suit

The Oscars 2020 has celebrated the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant, just two weeks after he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash.

In 2018, the late basketball star was at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to receive an Oscar of his own for Best Animated Short with Dear Basketball.

Two years later and he was being honoured on the red carpet, with film director Spike Lee leading the way.

He showed up at the glittering awards ceremony in a custom-made purple and gold suit jacket.

The stand-out look had Kobe’s number 24 emblazoned on the front and back, in tribute to his place in the Los Angeles Lakers.



Filmmaker Spike Lee pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

Kobe was a surprise winner of at the Oscars in 2018 after the animated short inspired by his letter that he wrote for The Players’ Tribune after they had broke the news of his retirement from basketball in 2015.

The letter was brought to life by Glen Keane with Kobe both writing and directing the animated short film.

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During his acceptance speech, Kobe said: “I mean, as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble.

“I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

The Oscars has followed closely behind the Grammy Awards in honouring the NBA legend.

Kobe died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on the day of the Grammys.



Spike Lee wore a suit with the colours and number of Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers



Kobe Bryant in 2010 playing for the LA Lakers

The helicopter he was riding in crashed into a hillside near Calabasas as it headed to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy on January 26.

There will be a ‘Celebration Of Life’ memorial for both Kobe and Gianna being held at LA’s Staples Center on February 24.

This is where Kobe played many of his games with the Lakers and will be a fitting tribute.

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