Vanessa Bryant Releases Statement On Kobe Bryant’s Death
Vanessa Bryant released a statement on Kobe Bryant’s death on Wednesday night.
Following the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, Vanessa understandably took several days to mourn.
While she is clearly still coping with what transpired, this week she offered her first public statement on Instagram.
“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,” she 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,” she continued.
“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,” she added.
“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.”
Kobe and Vanessa were married in 2001 and had four children together.
Vanessa also made it a point people to how they could help the other families impacted by the helicopter crash.
“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,” she wrote.
“To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org.”
Vanessa then closed her note out with one final message to all of Bryant’s fans and supporters.
“Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me.”
The Los Angeles Lakers were waiting on Vanessa before making any statements of their own, so look for the organization to issue a message of some sort in the coming days.
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