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Vanessa Bryant Poses With Her Daughters In Front of Mural to Show Her Gratitude for Fan Love

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By Shadress Denise

Love and support continue to pour in for the Bryant family as they cope with the loss of both Kobe and Gianna’s passing on January 26. In the past, Vanessa Bryant, 37, has been known to shy away from being in the public eye, keeping her marriage and life private.

Frequently seen courtside at Lakers game in the beginning of their marriage—Bryant eventually faded to the background to raise the couple’s children Natalia, Gianna, Bianca and Capri. Prior to her husband and daughter’s sudden deaths, the widow’s social media pages were private.

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Once news spread, she opened her pages to the public to show her gratitude for the flood of love from fans across the world. Since opening her page, followers can see how Bryant’s Instagram page is compiled of family photos and videos of her daughters and husband. With a following of ten million followers, the mother of four’s page quickly jumped almost another four million people who feel the need to stay connected and show their support.

Bryant’s first post after hearing the news came three days after—thanking fans—while expressing the magnitude of devastation her family is enduring.

Photos posted to her account afterwards were artwork sent to her—tributes from fans and the basketball community Kobe and Gianna were a part of—and updates regarding the sports foundation her late husband founded.

Though most of the posting has been on the positive side, a week ago, Bryant made a post commenting on the unfortunate news the crash photos involving her family and the other passengers had been leaked. The matter is currently being investigated by the LA County Sheriff’s department.

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In the spirit of healing and moving forward, Bryant continues to show her appreciation from the support she is receiving across the world. The week of Kobe’s public memorial, Bryant posted pictures of tattoos honoring her husband and daughter from soccer star Sydney Leroux, and her sister-in-law Sharia Bryant-Washington.

Recently, the mother of four posted two pictures of her daughter Natalia, 17, and a family photo including her and her three daughters, Natalia, Bianca, 3, and Capri, 7 months, in front of a mural of her husband.

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Upon his death, murals began to surface of the basketball legend and their daughter all over the world and the Los Angeles area. The mural the Bryant clan posed in front of was a replica of a photo of Bryant kissing his daughter, Gianna courtside at a Lakers game the two attended together.

Bryant captioned the first photo of her eldest daughter Natalia, *“❤️my babies. Natalia. #winterformal #together #family”

The second photo included the entire family. Bryant captioned this photo with lyrics from Nat King Cole’s 1954 song ’Smile’, indicating how she currently feels and the resilience and strength she is exuding during this time.

“Smile though your heart is aching/Smile even though it's breaking/When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by/If you smile through your fear and sorrow”

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