Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea pays tribute to Kobe Bryant: “I loved him”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has shared a tribute to Kobe Bryant following Monday’s memorial service in honor of the NBA great and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who both died, along with seven others, in a helicopter crash last month.

“The outpouring of love yesterday for Kobe, his beautiful little girl Gianna and the other beautiful people lost, was powerful,” Flea writes in an Instagram post. “It’s tripped me out, how in the days after his death the quantity of people who texted me letting me know they were in tears, shocked and saddened.”

Flea is a well-known super-fan of Kobe’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers. In describing his playing style, Flea likens Bryant to a “monk who sits in a Himalayan cave all his life.”

“He was often in a place beyond thought, in the zone, lost in the moment, completely in the present, and fully in his spirit,” the musician writes.

“Whether you liked him or not, we all yearn to be completely in the moment,” Flea continues. “It is a natural human thing, and our only possibility of true happiness, whether or not it is a conscious thought. We saw it, and we felt it. And it crossed through every human barrier. I loved him.”

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