“Today is Monday, and yesterday was Sunday,” Ellen began. “It happened to be my birthday and the Grammy Awards. I was nominated, I didn’t win. Not the point.
“Yesterday was supposed to be a celebratory day, and then we got tragic news about Kobe Bryant, and everything changed in a second. And that’s what I want to talk about.”
Struggling to speak through her tears, Ellen then urged viewers of her show to “celebrate life”.
“Life is short, and it’s fragile, and we don’t know how many birthdays we have,” she said.
“So just– you don’t have to have a birthday to celebrate, 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.”
The helicopter in which Kobe was travelling in went down amid uncharacteristically foggy conditions 17 miles from its destination, the Mamba Sports Academy, where he and his daughter were scheduled to attend basketball camp.
Kobe had been a regular guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, giving her his exclusive first interview after famously retiring from the NBA in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history.
He last appeared on the daytime show in April last year, when he discussed his wife Vanessa who was still expecting their baby Capri, who is now seven months old.
Protesters at the British Grand Prix are being urged not to invade the track on race day. Appealing directly to the protesters, Chief Inspector Tom Thompson said: "I strongly urge you to not put yourselves, the drivers, as well as the many marshals, volunteers and members of the public, at risk." The force has confirmed that "extra resources will be in place throughout the race weekend should anyone ignore these warnings and try to disrupt the event".
Fabio Jakobsen avoided the pitfalls of a chaotic finish to stage two of the Tour de France to deliver an emotional victory in Nyborg, Denmark. Jakobsen, making his Tour debut less than two years after suffering life-threatening injuries in a crash at the Tour of Poland, stayed clear of late spills at the end of the 202.5km stage from Roskilde to come around Mads Pedersen and beat Wout van Aert - who consoled himself by taking the yellow jersey. The day had been designed to build up to fireworks on the 18km-long Great Belt Bridge in the finale, but it was after the peloton returned to dry land that the key incidents occurred as a crash blocked the road inside the final three kilometres, leaving a select group of sprinters to contest the honours.
Unless you don’t care what price you get for your car, selling can often be a long and drawn-out experience. This is especially true if you choose to sell privately – which often involves dealing with multiple potential buyers, going out on test drives, and haggling over the selling price – all with no guarantee of a sale at the end.
The Vatican has said it has completed the sale of the luxury London building at the centre of an ongoing corruption trial - after taking an estimated hit of around £120m (€140m). In a statement issued on Friday, the Vatican said the building was sold for £186m to Boston-based private investment firm Bain Capital. The statement said that losses were covered by Vatican reserve funds, and stressed that donations from the faithful in a papal fund known as Peter's Pence had not been used.
Britain’s ambassador to Russia has been summoned to the Kremlin over what its foreign ministry said was the UK’s “offensive rhetoric” over Ukraine. It said a strong protest was expressed to Ambassador Deborah Bronnert over “the frankly boorish statements of the British leadership regarding Russia, its leader and official representatives of the authorities, as well as the Russian people”. The ministry said Russia had told her it objected to British statements containing “deliberately false information, in particular about alleged Russian ‘threats to use nuclear weapons’”.
Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram has died after a short battle with cancer, the club have announced. Goram, 58, who also represented Scotland, played for the Ibrox side between 1991 and 1998 – making 260 appearances over the period and winning five league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.