Vanessa Bryant opens up for the first time since the tragic passing of Kobe and Gianna

Headlines 30/01/2020

Earlier this week it was reported that a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and a number of others, had crashed, killing all on board.

The news sent shock waves around the world, and millions of tributes and messages from friends and fans alike began pouring in instantly.

And now Vanessa Bryant, wife of Kobe and the mother of Gianna, has issued her first public statement since the tragedy occurred, taking to IG to share her devotion to Kobe and Gianna.

"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

To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit

Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me."

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We are sending our prayers to Vanessa and the Bryant whanau at this time, we hope they can find the strength and resolve needed to navigate this dark time, and wish them the absolute best for their future.

Rest in love Kobe and Gianna x