#KobeFarewell Trends As Friends and Fans Remember The Bryants on Day of Memorial

Fans began saying their final farewells to Kobe Bryant on social media nearly a month after his death. The iconic Los Angeles player and his daughter Gianna Bryant, who was also tragically killed in January, will be honored with a memorial service at Staples Center on Monday.

The Bryants and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26. Kobe Bryant was 41 years old, and his daughter—the second oldest of four—was 13.

Fans Remember Kobe Bryant With #KobeFarewell on the Day of His Memorial
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a freethrow in the first half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on March 30, 2007, in Los Angeles, California. Bryant's memorial service will be held on February 24, 2020. Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Crowds of mourners began forming near the basketball arena where Kobe played for 20 seasons early on Monday while social media was flooded with messages of grief. #KobeFarewall was trending on Twitter after hundreds of people used the hashtag to say their final goodbyes and send their condolences to Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant, 37, and his three surviving children, daughter Natalia Bryant, 17, Bianka Bryant, 3, and 8-month-old Capri Bryant.

"Good morning. Today is the day we all have to say goodbye to these two beautiful souls. It'll never feel real. Let us all pray for Vanessa & the entire Bryant family today & all the other families affected. Remember to hug your loved ones always. #KobeFarewell #MambaForever," one Twitter user wrote on Monday.

good morning. today is the day we all have to say goodbye to these two beautiful souls. it’ll never feel real. let us all pray for Vanessa & the entire Bryant family today & all the other families affected. remember to hug your loved ones always. #KobeFarewell #MambaForever 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/lgmCYtZYkv

— jessica (@_jessvilla_) February 24, 2020

Another wrote: "There is no #24 without #2. Trying to find peace in such a tragic accident. #KobeFarewell."

There is no #24 without #2. Trying to find peace in such a tragic accident. #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/Ka1fexErWh

— Chun Li (@hayden__) February 24, 2020

Many fans used the hashtag to share stories of how Kobe Bryant impacted their lives and the many ways they planned to keep his famous "Mamba Mentality" alive. The term, coined by Bryant in his 2018 book, The Mamba Mentality, describes his relentless work ethic on and off the court.

"I still can't believe that Kobe is gone. He's been my role model as a professional displaying grit and ambition. He influenced my work ethic—I've worked countless and tiring hours in order to reach my goals. Mamba Mentality," one person wrote.

I still can't believe that Kobe is gone. He's been my role model as a professional displaying grit and ambition. He influenced my work ethic -- I've worked countless and tiring hours in order to reach my goals. Mamba Mentality. Cred: Humbler via IG #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/9AyaaDH9u3

— jared C (@kaonpositive) February 24, 2020

Vanessa Bryant first announced plans for the memorial in early February, noting Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant's jersey numbers, #24 and #2, respectively. "#2 #24, #20 years as a Laker and the amount of years Kob and I were together," she wrote on Instagram.

Thousands are expected to pack out the Staples Center for the memorial, which can seat up to 20,000 for non-sports events. Tickets for the service were sold in advance, ranging from $24.02 to $224 in price. All proceeds from the memorial will go toward the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation—Kobe Bryant's nonprofit organization that funds underprivileged communities and aspiring athletes.

See a few more farewell tweets to Kobe and Gianna Bryant below.

It's been a month & it still doesn't feel real. The memorial gonna be tough for everyone 💔. #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/fQ37eQm2Pt

— Elijah Carey 🇯🇲 (@e_carey98) February 24, 2020

#KobeFarewell #KobeandGianna
Wow, I can't believe you are gone. RIP. May God wrap his arms around you and Gianna. God bless Vanessa and the children Left Behind. My family and I watched him grow. Always in my thoughts and prayers. 🏀🏀🏀🏀
🙏🏻🙏🏾🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ZdnDtt6mcP

— Kitty Hawk (@kittyHawk1960) February 24, 2020

Outside of a gas station in the Valley. ❤️❤️❤️ #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/dZmYvMVgeu

— LADY KINSEY SCHOFIELD (@kinseyschofield) February 24, 2020

Tomorrow is my youngest son’s 15th birthday. When I asked him what he wanted he said to attend #KobeFarewell and say goodbye to his hero🙏🏽😞
So... we are going this morning. It’s going to be an emotional day.
Sending healing prayers to Vanessa and the family. 💛💜💔 pic.twitter.com/GVhffnK4Cv

— Holly Robinson Peete😷🥰 (@hollyrpeete) February 24, 2020

Today is the day we have to say goodbye. Not just from Kobe & Gianna, but from everyone who tragically lost their lives on January 26, 2020. RiP Kobe & Gianna Bryant, Alyssa & John & Keri Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Payton & Sarah Chester, Ara Zobayan 🙏🏽🌹#KobeFarewell #RiP pic.twitter.com/5wWwpvrrh9

— Ⓙⓔⓢⓢⓘⓘ 🌸🦋 (@JezziiX) February 24, 2020

You was supposed to grow old and some how get involved with the Lakers. I know you said absolutely not but I was still hoping lol. And GiGi was supposed to be the face of the WNBA someday and carry on the legacy. But for the 20Yrs of great memories, thank you. #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/A6Iymz3n63

— 824. 🏁 (@ShowTime16_) February 24, 2020

I have never seen and spent as much time with family and friends in the 4 weeks that passed since #kobe's death.

Who would've thought this would be the effect of someone who was once viewed as a selfish ball hog.#KobeFarewell

— Rebo Saguisag (@rebosaguisag) February 24, 2020

The true meaning of sacrifice. Long Live The Mamba. #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/xisdZjT4j5

— Young Butter (@DensFinest610) February 24, 2020

Waking to see #KobeFarewell trending, just broke my heart all over again. I still can’t believe we’re here, it feels so surreal. Imma be a mess watching the memorial today, let me gone prepare myself the best I can. This ones gonna be rough. 😭

— • ℍⅇℝ • (@hunniieBUNCHes) February 24, 2020

Ideologies will stand the test of time, and knew the true meaning of sacrifice. Long Live The Mamba. #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/FMzYARMNsY

— Brian (@_ValTown_) February 24, 2020