Kobe Bryant’s wife celebrated their daughter Capri’s first birthday by posting a heartbreaking photo of the NBA legend holding his infant daughter in the first baby’s first photo shoot.
Vanessa Bryant shared the picture on Instagram, along with a Happy Birthday message to the couple’s now 1-year-old daughter.
“Happy 1st Birthday Capri! Mommy, Daddy, Nani, Gigi and BB love you SO much!!! God Bless you sweet princess. ❤️ Capri Kobe Bryant a.k.a. “Koko-Bean” named after her dearly missed daddy, Kobe Bean Bryant ❤️We miss you SO much Gigi and Daddy,” she wrote.
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As you can see, it appears the photo is one from a set taken after the birth of young Capri — where Kobe, Vanessa, and the baby are posing in all white.
The picture brings immediate tears to your eyes, just realizing how young Kobe’s 4th child was when the Los Angeles Lakers star tragically lost his life in a helicopter accident.
Several celebrities send well wishes to the Bryant family, including Khloe Kardashian, who wrote, “Happy birthday sweet KoKo ????”
NBA star Pau Gasol, who played with Kobe on the Lakers, said, “Happy 1st bday to Koko!! ❤️”
Capri even got a shout out from ESPN’s Sportscenter’s official IG account, who posted, ” ?.”
WNBA star Lisa Leslie added, “Happy Birthday Baby Capri❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤” — and Mario Lopez’s wife, Courtney, said, “Happy birthday beautiful!!!!”
Fans of Kobe Bryand flooded Vanessa’s IG page sending thousands of messages to baby Capri and the family.
“Happy Birthday Capri! ❤️Sending your family lots of love & positive energy! ❤️??,” one fan wrote. Adding, “Such a beautiful picture. Happy birthday Koko.”
Most can agree with this one, “This just messed me up ???? Happy 1st Birthday, Capri ????”
As we reported, Vanessa Bryant issues a statement this week urging lawmakers to pass a bill named after Kobe and Gigi, to improve safety in helicopters.
“I strongly urge that the United States Congress pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in this country,” she said in a statement.
She continued, “I believe there is a chance that Kobe and Gianna would still be alive today if their helicopter had been equipped with the safety equipment required by this pending federal legislation.”
The statement came after Democratic lawmakers introduced the “Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act,” a bill that would require all helicopters carrying six or more people to be equipped with a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, a flight data recorder, and a cockpit voice recorder.
Vanessa added, “I believe that these safety measures will save many lives. As passengers traveling on aircrafts we assume that proper safety measures are in order to prevent accidents from happening before we fly. It’s unfortunate that this is not the case and aircraft companies must do their part to protect lives.”