Monday, February 10, 2020

Vanessa Bryant expresses grief and anger as she copes with the death of Kobe and Gianna



Many of us were shocked and left in disbelief last month when we first heard the news that NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash.

It's now been a little over two weeks since the tragic helicopter crash and Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, is opening up about the grieving process.


Vanessa, 37, said in an Instagram post on Monday that she was both grieving and angry over the loss of her husband and daughter. She said in the social media post that she had been "reluctant" to put her feelings into words. 


"My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone," she said. "I can't process both at the same time. It's like I'm trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me." 


Vanessa said she felt anger at losing both her husband and daughter and has to remind herself to be strong for the couple's three surviving daughters. 


"God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over," she said. "Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all."




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. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
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