Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, has spoken publicly for the first time since her husband, daughter Gianni and seven others were tragically killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
She took to Instagram to pay tribute to her husband and daughter while also announcing that a fund has been set-up to help the other families affected by the tragic accident.
“Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” Vanessa Bryant wrote.
“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.”
The Bryant’s were married for 18 years and had four daughters, including 13-year-old Gianni.
“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 asked for their privacy to be respected at this time while also announcing that the Mamba Sports Foundation has already set up a fund to help the other families affected by Sunday’s tragic accident.
“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.”
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