This week is mud with emotional moments for the world due to the tragic demise of Kobe and Gianna Bryant last Sunday.
The 41-year-old basketball legend died together with his 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash. Ever since their death was confirmed and announced, Venessa Bryant, wife of Kobe and mother to Gianna and three other kids, hasn’t been able to fully recover from the shock.
Venessa Bryant has been married to Kobe for over eighteen years, after days of mourning, she took to Instagram to share her first words with the world regarding the loss of her sweet husband, daughter and the rest of the passengers on board the helicopter.
She expressed her gratitude to the world for the immense support during this tremendous moment and concluded by announcing that the Mamba Sports Foundation has launched a new fund called MambaOnThree Fund to support the affected families and Kobe’s legacy.
Read Venessa Bryant’s first world below:
”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”.
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