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Ben Hong performs tribute to Kobe Bryant at Lakers game

On Friday, Jan. 31, cellist and USC Thornton Strings faculty member Ben Hong performed at Staples Center in tribute to Kobe Bryant and the lives lost on Jan. 26. The tribute was part of a program to celebrate Bryant’s life preceding the Lakers’ first game since the legendary NBA player’s sudden death.

Hong performed a rendition of “Hallelujah” while a collection of highlights from Bryant’s life and career played, followed by Usher, who sang “Amazing Grace.” Lebron James closed the tribute with words on Bryant’s legacy.

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