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Kobe Bryant’s Wife, Vanessa, Breaks Silence After Helicopter Crash

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s wife of nearly 20 years, has broke her silence following the tragic death of her husband.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna was also killed in the crash, along with her teammate, Alyssa Altobelli, Altobelli’s father, John, his wife, Kerri, Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Gianna’s school, Sarah Chester and her teenage daughter, Payton, and the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. At first it was thought a fire had broke out on board, according to eyewitnesses.

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However now it appears that fog may have been the biggest factor.

The visibility was so low that Los Angeles Police and the sheriff’s department had both grounded their helicopters in the morning because of the weather.

After four days, Bryant’s wife Vanessa has finally broken her silence in a heartbreaking Instagram post.

Posting a photograph of the entire family, Vanessa wrote:

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.

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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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The post continued:

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.

Vanessa also announced the creation of the MambaOnThree Fund, a fundraising initiative established by the Mamba Sports Foundation to support the other grieving families.

According to the fund’s website:

The MambaOnThree Fund was created to honor Team Mamba’s mantra, ‘Mamba on Three’. It’s with that customary chant for togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge that this Fund was named.

Since its launch, the website has been inundated with people donating to the cause.

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this horrific tragedy.

Rest in peace.

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