With the death of her husband, Vanessa Bryant has become a widow at just 37-years-old. A tragic helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th also claimed the life of the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, along with seven other victims. She is left to raise her three other daughters by herself.
On Wednesday night, Mrs. Bryant took to Instagram, where she shared a recent family photo. She penned a beautiful, heartbroken letter expressing her gratitude for the outpouring of love they have received in wake of their massive loss.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” she began. “Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. 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 has received floods of comments from adoring friends and fellow celebrities.
“There is so much love in the world for you right now. I hope you can feel it,” Ellen Degeneres wrote. The comedian also paid tribute to him on her talk show earlier this week.
“I’m praying for you and your girls to get through this together,” women’s soccer star Alex Morgan said. “You are so loved and supported and I hope you feel that today and everyday.” Kobe Bryant was an active supporter of women’s soccer, specifically, the United States Women’s National Team.
Vanessa also took the time to remember the others aboard the helicopter on that fateful day.
“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.” Dancing pro-Derek Hough offered his support, saying he would do “anything and everything…for you and the families affected. We love you.”
It took Boy Meets World actress Danielle Fishel several attempts to express her grief. “I have written and rewritten this message 12 times,” she said in her comment.
“I truly cannot find the words because they all feel weak and worthless in light of the enormous tragedy you, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri are experiencing.” Fishel concluded by saying that she is continually praying for everyone involved.
Vanessa said that, although she is uncertain what the future holds, and that “it’s impossible to imagine life without them…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.”
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