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Vanessa Bryant Speaks For The First Time About Kobe & Gianna Bryant: ‘There Aren’t Enough Words To Describe Our Pain Right Now’

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Vanessa Bryant speaks out for the first time since receiving the devastating news that her husband Kobe Bryant and her 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant were killed in a horrific helicopter crash. Read her words inside….

Vanessa Bryant – the wife of Kobe Bryant for nearly 20 years – just shared what was undoubtedly her hardest social media post in her life.

Speaking for the first time since receiving news that her 41-year-old husband Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryantalong with seven other people - died in a horrific helicopter crash, Mrs. Bryant made her account public again and shared with the world that she and her daughters - Natalia (17), Bianka (3) & Capri Bryant (7-months) – are “completely devastated.” She thanked everyone for their outpouring of love during the most difficult time in her life.

”My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” she wrote in the caption of a family photo. “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.”

Vanessa recognized the other families who lost their loved ones in the crash. Kobe, Gianna and the other seven victims were headed to a basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.

”We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately," she worte.


The 37-year-old widow shared there aren’t enough words to describe what she and her girls are feeling right now.

”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.”

She’s not sure what life will be like without Kobe & Gianna.

“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.”

To further the legacy of Kobe & Gianna in youth sports, they’re taking donations to the Mamba Sports Foundation. The Bryant Family also wants to help the families of the seven victims who also lost their lives.

”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”.

In conclusion, she wrote:

”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

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She also changed her profile picture to a sweet daddy-daughter moment between Kobe & Gianna.

Kobe & Vanessa tied the knot in 2001 and would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in April.

Beyonce took to social media recently to pay tribute to Kobe & Gianna:

"I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens. You are deeply missed beloved Kobe," she wrote.

She also shared throwback photos of Kobe & Gianna on her Instagram account:


NFL commissioner Roger Goddell revealed Kobe Bryant will be honored during this year's Super Bowl, which goes down this Sunday:



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is planning to pay tribute to Oscar winner Kobe Bryant during the ceremony on February 9th.


The NBA icon won the Best Animated Short Film for, "Dear Basketball" in 2018. He's the first professional athlete to win an Oscar.

R&B crooner Usher shared an IG post about missing Kobe:


Singer Chris Brown shared a mural of Kobe he's working on:



Cassie's husband Alex Fine also shared a touching tribute:

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A little over a month ago my Dad was pronounced dead at the hospital, then they told us if he ever woke up his brain function would be close to 0. He is now fully recovered and got to hold his granddaughter for the first time this week. Time and life is so fragile and you never know when your clock will hit double zeros. I am beyond blessed to have them in my life and the most amazing mother to my daughter. At the end we’re all “Just Visiting” and our time here should be making it better with love and dedication to family and work. I’m so blessed by many things and being a “Girl Dad” like Kobe Bryant said is my greatest accomplishment. Give the people around you hugs, smiles, and light.

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R.I.P. Mamba, Mambacita and the seven other victims - John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.

Photos: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com

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