Vanessa Bryant Breaks Silence With Instagram Post

'There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2020 2:24 AM CST
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant kisses his wife, Vanessa, after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – "There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now," Vanessa Bryant said in her first public remarks since the helicopter crash that killed husband Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna Sunday. In an Instagram post, Bryant said she and her surviving three daughters want to "thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time," NBC reports. "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," she wrote.

Gianna, she wrote, was an "amazing sister" to 17-year-old Natalia, 3-year-old Bianka, and Capri, who was born in June last year. Vanessa, who married Kobe in 2001, when she was 18 and he was 22, said she takes "comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved," People reports. "I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them," she wrote. "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, She also announced the creation of the MambaOnThree Fund to support loved ones of the other seven people killed in the crash. (Read more Kobe Bryant stories.)

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