"We Were Incredibly Blessed To Have Them In Our Lives"

Vanessa Laine Bryant would like to thank everyone for loving her family during this tumultuous time. The widow of basketball legend Kobe Bryant broke her silence on Wednesday (January 29) with an Instagram post that was nothing short of touching.


“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” Vanessa began. “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.”

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, were two of nine victims who passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas this past Sunday (January 26). All passengers on the aircraft were headed to Kobe’s Mamba Academy for a game.

“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” Vanessa told her social media fans on Thursday. “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.”

Mrs. Bryant went on to tell her supporters, “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.”

Vanessa Bryant asked for privacy during this time of bereavement. She also invited fans to donate to the other families devastated by Sunday’s accident through the website. Stay tuned for more Kobe Bryant family news.

Photo: Vanessa Bryant/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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