Vanessa Bryant breaks silence for the first time since helicopter crash
LOS ANGELES- Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant's widow, makes her first public statement since the helicopter crash with a post on Instagram.
Kobe, 41, and daughter Gianna, (Gigi) 13, were among the nine people who died on Sunday when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
Vanessa has three other daughters with the NBA legend, Natalia (17), Bianka (3), and Capri (7 months).
"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."
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ??
"Our love for them is endless," she added. "And that's to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever."
Bryant continued by sending her condolences to the families of the seven other victims. She thanks the public for sharing their joy, grief, and support.
She ends the post with hashtags referencing Kobe's proudest role of being a father to four girls with '#GirlsDad.'
An investigation into the cause of the helicopter crash is ongoing.