Vanessa Bryant speaks on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, ‘can’t finish a sentence without crying’. Vanessa, is struggling to “keep it together” and “can’t finish a sentence without crying,” family friends say. Just three days after the sudden and tragic death of her husband, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, at age 41, and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Vanessa Bryant has publicly spoken out publicly for the first time after suffering such a tremendous loss.

Vanessa Bryant speaks on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Vanessa, who married the basketball superstar when she was 18, in 2001, returned to Instagram today to address how she and her daughters have been holding up in the wake of the tragedy. As expected, the mother of four revealed she’s devastated, though she and her family are trying their best to go on.

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.

Vanessa Bryant speaks on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

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

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

The MambaOnThree Fund was created to honor Team Mamba’s mantra, “Mamba on Three.” It’s with that customary chant for togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge that this Fund was named.

The MambaOnThree Fund exists to honor and support loved ones of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on January 26, 2020. All donations to the Fund will be directed to their families.

Kobe Bryant’s dad has also been seen for the first time since son's crash. Kobe Bryant’s dad, Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant, seen for first time since crash. Kobe Bryant’s estranged dad has been seen for the first time since having to deal with the “black hole” of his son’s death. Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, 65, was photographed Monday by DailyMail after a large bouquet of flowers was delivered to the home he shares with Kobe’s mother, Pamela.

Kobe Bryant’s dad

The dad — also a former NBA star — was reportedly on the cusp of mending his years-old rift with his son when the Lakers legend died in Sunday’s devastating California chopper crash.

The star’s parents are “devastated” by the double tragedy, having lost a granddaughter, 13-year-old Gianna, alongside their 41-year-old son, neighbors told the site.


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