Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, has been using her Instagram to share tributes and remembrances of her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, both of whom tragically died in a helicopter crash last week.
On Wednesday, she shared what is now a heartbreaking video from “Extra.” It shows Kobe being asked some of the same questions about his favorite things from when he was younger compared to his current age.
At one point, he is asked is Gianna has any nicknames for him. He says simply, “daddy.” He’s then asked who his best friend is, and he responds, “my wife.”
Vanessa posted the video with just a red heart emoji.
“Sending you so much love, healing prayers, guidance and strength,” one fan replied.
“You must be the strongest woman and mother on earth right now,” another said.
“There will never be another Kobe Bryant. He is truly missed. Stay strong,” a third wrote.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” Vanessa began her post. “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.”
She 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. 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,” Vanessa wrote. “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.”
She concluded: “Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.”