The basketball icon’s wife took a moment to remember both her husband and their daughter on Wednesday, February 5. Vanessa first posted an image of Kobe sitting down and giving a huge smile for the camera. She then shared how much she missed her “best friend” and the “best daddy” to their four girls in the sweet post to her husband of 20 years.
Vanessa then uploaded a photo of the gym of Gigi’s middle school gymnasium. The prospective WNBA star attended Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California. The gym was decorated with several red balloons and had her basketball number decorated with roses. The school also spelled out the young girl’s name in a shrine that was also decorated with red and pink roses. A photo of Gigi was also posted on the flat-screen television next to the balloons and flowers.
Vanessa captioned the tribute to her daughter and expressed how much she wishes they could still be together physically. She also shared how thankful she was for the memories she made with her baby girl before her death at the age of 13.
“My Gianna. God I miss you. I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years. Wish it would’ve been until my last breath. Mommy loves you to the moon and back. Infinity plus 1. #2 #Mambacita #GigiBryant,” Vanessa wrote.
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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 ❤️
Soon after the post, Vanessa received massive support from her Instagram followers. Multiple users shared their love and prayers for the Bryant family as they continue to reel from their tragedy.
“Gone too soon. May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace,” one follower commented.
“Mambacita forever, sending you so much love,” a second chimed in.
“Wish I could give you the biggest hug,” said a third fan.
Vanessa has uploaded several posts of Kobe and Gigi since their untimely deaths on January 26. The two were boarding a helicopter for Gigi’s game at Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California when it crashed into a foggy hillside. In addition to the Los Angeles Lakers champion and his daughter, the crash took seven other lives. John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan all passed away alongside the NBA legend and his daughter during the tragedy, per Hollywood Life.
In addition to Vanessa, Kobe and Gigi left behind their respective daughters and sisters, Natalia Bryant, 17, Bianka Bryant, 3 and Capri Bryant, 7 months.
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