Vanessa Bryant has broken her silence for the first time on Wednesday afternoon after her husband, 41-year-old American basketball legend Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash with their daughter Gianna last Sunday.
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 she wrote in an Instagram post accompanied by a picture of her entire family. “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 added that the family were blessed to have such an amazing people as family but can’t imagine how life would be now that death has taken them away. “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”, the post read. “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.”
Vanessa Bryant was further thankful to the millions of fans who have shown support thus far during what she described as a “horrific time” and announced that the Mamba Sports Foundation had set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by the horrific helicopter wreck.
“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” Vanessa Bryant said.
Vanessa Bryant’s Wednesday post on Instagram was liked by over 7 million viewers with more than 375 thousand comments in four hours.
Kobe and Gianna, 13, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, 50 kilometers east of Los Angeles downtown. They were among nine victims in the crash, which remains under investigation by the authority.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, 37, married in 2001, and they had four daughters together.