Vanessa Bryant‘s Instagram post updating the public on her family’s state of mind following the death of her husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash earlier this week was heartbreaking.
Shortly after it was posted, though, celebrities began to flood the comments offering words of support and encouragement for her and her family in this terrible time. Although Vanessa has since turned comments on the post off, People captured some of the words of support that came in.
“There is so much love in the world for you right now,” Ellen Degeneres wrote in her comment. “I hope you can feel it.” Degeneres previously eulogized the basketball icon during a segment on her daily show.
“You and your family, and the families of the others lost, are in everyone’s thoughts, prayers and hearts,” Sarah Michelle Gellar wrote on the post.
“Sending all my love and prayers,” Lily Aldridge added. Across the internet, celebrities were rallying around Vanessa and her family.
Other celebrities, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nene Leaks, Nikki Bella, and Cindy Crawford reportedly commented as well. The post marked Vanessa’s first public statement since her husband and daughter’s deaths. It showed a photo of the family together and had a caption that captured how grateful she felt for those that had offered her support.
“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,” the post continued.
“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. 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.”
Vanessa concluded with a message of love for those she had lost.
“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. 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.”