Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram to release a heartbreaking statement following the tragic deaths of her husband NBA star Kobe Bryant and her “Mambacita” daughter Gianna.
“I wish they were here with us forever,” one line read in her heartrending statement.
The 41-year-old basketball superstar and his 13-year-old daughter were victims to a fatal helicopter crash along with seven other close friends in Calabasas, CA on Jan.26.
“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,” Vanessa said. “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,” the grieving wife and mum said in the emotional post.
Celebrities who were close friends and fans of the basketball player, took to the comments of Vanessa’s post to offer their now-deleted condolences (as Vanessa turned off her comments):
“God bless you & God Bless your girls & two angels that will be watching over you until you reunite in Heaven. Familia Lopez is praying for you guys…”
“There is so much love in the world for you right now. I hope you can feel it.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar
“You and your family, and the families of the others lost, are in everyone’s thoughts, prayers and hearts.”
“praying for your family.”
“I have written and rewritten this message 12 times. I truly cannot find the words because they all feel weak and worthless in light of the enormous tragedy you, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri are experiencing. You all, including the other families, have been in my prayers multiple times every day and I know God is watching over you and wrapping you in his light and love. My deepest condolences to everyone who loved, and will continue to love forever, the nine souls lost that day.”
“Constantly praying for your family and all the families affected by this tragedy.. I hope you all can feel the love we have for your family. Hold on to the memories of your husband and baby girl…”
“Sending you love and prayers.”
“I’m broken for you all and all the victims. We are here for you.”
“Vanessa, sending you all the strength I can and prayers and love.”
“Dear Vanessa, I’m so deeply and profoundly sorry for your loss and heartache.”
Taboo (Black Eyed Peas member)
“Prayers and ultimate love to you and your family.. the Gomez family is praying for u guys and the love ones of the other families affected.”
“I’m praying for you and your girls to get through this together. You are so loved and supported and I hope you feel that today and everyday.”
“I love you so much. Praying everyday as you know. Thinking of the girls and you! And all the families who are suffering from losing their loved ones. We love you!!! We are donating now! And whatever u need… phone call away! Just saw the word. Xox.”
“I pray the most high gives you super powers.”
“Bless you and your beautiful family to infinity and beyond.”
“love and strength and healing through my prayers.”
La La Anthony
“Love you deep V. Forever and always by ur side.”
“Vanessa the world loves you and your family so much and we miss kobe and gigi more than anything. Me along with the rest of the world is so deeply sorry for what you have to go through it’s hard enough for us i can’t begin to imagine how you feel. just know they’re in a better place now and will be watching over you cheering you on at all your accomplishments.”
“Sending all of our love and prayers to you and your girls during this unimaginable time.”