Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant broke her silence to thank fans across the globe for all their love and support.

We cannot even begin to comprehend what Vanessa Bryant is dealing with after the devastating news of her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi.

Kobe, his daughter, along with seven other passengers including the pilot perished on their way to a basketball game when Bryant’s chopper went down.

Since the news broke on Sunday of Kobe’s sudden death at age 41 an outpouring of grief for all involved has rippled across the world.

Thoughts and prayers have been going out to all the family members including Vanessa Bryant who broke her silence last night on social media.

Vanessa Bryant Instagram
Vanessa Bryant Instagram

The widow posted a family picture on Instagram saying:

"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

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."

Our continued prayers for strength go out to her and the rest of the families - may they all rest in peace and love.

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