As the entire world mourned the shocking loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others, all thoughts turned to his grieving family.
Now, Vanessa Bryant has posted a beautiful tribute to her late daughter.
Vanessa Bryant lost her husband and daughter in one horrific moment. Now, she’s shared an artist’s tribute to 13-year-old Gianna.
“Seeing my babygirl smile and happy again with a basketball under her arm, wrapped in love just warmed my heart,” Vanessa writes in the caption.
Thank you for this. @_vivalareina thank you!!” she expresses to the artist. “My Gigi.”
The artist who created the work announced that she will not be selling prints out of respect for the family, but offers free downloads instead.
Last week, just days after the crash, Vanessa Bryant issued her first public statement after her family was torn apart.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” she wrote.
“Thank you for all the prayers,” Vanessa affirmed. “We definitely need them.”
“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe … and my beautiful, sweet Gianna.”
Vanessa praised Gianna as “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,” she added, “and we share in their grief intimately.”
“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” Vanessa acknowledged.
She wrote: “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,” Vanessa recognized.
She expressed: “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,” Vanessa admitted, “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 wrote.
“Our love for them is endless,” Vanessa affirmed, “and that’s to say, immeasurable.”
“I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them,” she lamented. “Have them here with us, forever.”
“Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief, and your support with us,” Vanessa expressed to her fans and followers.
She made a request: “We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.”
Vanessa is grappling with the unimaginable. There is no good age at which to become a widow.
Even worse is losing a child. Gianna had barely entered her teens. The thought of how she must have spent her final moments is heartbreaking.
Additionally, Vanessa and her family are dealing with massive attention from fans and from the media — often to the exclusion of the 7 other victims.
We wish for peace and closure for the loved ones of everyone who was onboard that fateful helicopter flight.