A late-morning Instagram post from Jessica Simpson is something to be seen.
The 39-year-old singer and fashion mogul shared a picture following the terrible events of yesterday – her house is situated right next to the accident site of the helicopter crash claimed that the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Marie Onore-Bryant, and seven other passengers: pilot Ara Zaboayan, youth basketball coach Christina Mauser, college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, as well as Sarah Chester and daughter Payton Chester.
“Eric [Johnson] took this photo from our backyard right after the accident happened where Kobe, his daughter, and other beautiful souls were lifted up to be with God for eternity.”
Johnson, who married Simpson in 2014, is a former NFL athlete. The couple share three children – daughter Maxwell Drew (7), son Ace Knute (6), and daughter Birdie Mae (10 months). Simpson continues the caption by describing her family’s proximity to the situation.
“We could see the emergency helicopters flying over our house,” she said.
“I felt the loss. I felt the power in the sky of the heavens parting to make room for the greatest of angels to rise. My heart is completely broken for all the families and loved ones left behind trying to make sense of things in this tragic moment.”
The somber photo taken from Simpson’s backyard in Calabasas shows sunlight breaking through the billowing clouds, and what looks like a thin layer of fog over the far-off mountains. It was an earlier, thicker fog that is believed to be a leading factor in the chopper’s crash.
Simpson concluded by conveying her deepest condolences to Kobe’s wife.
“Vanessa, you are the woman and wife that championed your husband to greatness. My prayers are constant for everyone affected by this impactful loss.”
Vanessa, now 37, met Kobe in 1999. The two were married in April 2001. Their first daughter, Natalia, was born in January 2003, followed by the late Gianna in May 2006. Their marriage began to fail which resulted in Vanessa filing for divorce in December 2011, but the couple announced their reconciliation in January 2013.
Their third child, Bianka, was born in December 2016., and Vanessa gave birth to their last daughter, Capri Jobe, in June 2019.
Celebrities who were close to Bryant continue to praise him as a being family man who loved his wife daughters more than anything. Earlier this evening, the NBA announced they would postpone Tuesday evening’s Los Angeles Lakers game “out of respect for the Lakers organization.”