Three days after Kobe Bryant and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant’s death in a fatal helicopter crash, Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant has broken her silence.
In a heartbreaking post on Instagram, she let all her emotions out about the passing of her husband and daughter.
It’s impossible to imagine life without them
On 26th January, Kobe and his 13-year old daughter Gianna were travelling via helicopter to a basketball game at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Two of Gianna’s basketball teammates were also on the helicopter with their family members, along with an assistant coach – who all perished as the chopper crashed.
She also added a heart-touching photo of Kobe and Gianna
Vanessa had made her Instagram private after the tragic incident, but yesterday she made it public again. She also changed her profile picture to a heartbreaking photo of Kobe with Gianna on a basketball court.
Vanessa wrote that her husband and daughter were “beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”
“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved,” she wrote. “We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever.”
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ??
I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way.
Kobe and Vanessa married in 2001, and were parents to four daughters
Kobe and Vanessa had four daughters together: Natalia (17), Gianna (13), Bianka (3), and Capri (7 months) – till Gianna passed away along with Kobe.
This is the first time Vanessa has publicly spoken about the tragic death. A family friend of the Bryants revealed to the People magazine:
Vanessa is devastated. She can hardly keep it together. She can’t finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one.
Kobe’s wife “is surrounded by people who love her and love Kobe,” the source added. “She has a good support system. She is relying on her faith. She is not alone.”
Kobe had once said that being a father was his greatest accomplishment
In a 2019 interview, Kobe Bryant said:
Being a father is the thing I am most proud of in this world; it’s my greatest accomplishment.
“I’ve learned so much, but perhaps the most profound thing has been the fierce, unconditional love you have for your children when you become a parent,” he added.
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