Vanessa Bryant Makes Heartbreaking Return To Social Media After Kobe And Gianna's Death
Kobe Bryant's wife of nearly 20 years, Vanessa, has made a quiet yet heartbreaking return to social media after the loss of her husband and 13-year-old daughter on Sunday.
As the world continues to grieve over the loss of the NBA great and his daughter -- along with the seven other lives sadly lost in the tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas over the weekend -- it's hard to imagine the devastation of what Vanessa and daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and seven-month-old baby Capri, are currently going through.
After news broke of the horrific accident that claimed the lives of nine in total, Vanessa understandably set her Instagram profile on private in anticipation of the flood of messages she would be receiving.
Now, in the first social media move since the tragedy, the 37-year-old mother and widow has now taken her profile off private and changed her Instagram profile picture to that of her late daughter Gianna -- an aspiring WNBA player -- smiling as she reaches up to embrace her father during his final year on the Los Angeles Lakers, taken at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto.
While Vanessa has yet to make a public statement about her immeasurable loss, friends and fans have expressed their heartache and offered their unequivocal support for her in tributes across social media.
Kobe's friend of 20 years, Justin Timberlake, offered his support to the family in an Instagram post that read:
"I am sending my love to Vanessa and your family and to the families of everyone connected in the mourning of this terrible tragedy. My heart is broken and my family lifts you up in our thoughts and prayers,” he shared in his Instagram tribute to Kobe.
Kim Kardashian also wrote an emotional message to the mother-of-four on Twitter and Instagram, saying, “My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl,” she shared.
“I cry just thinking about it.”
Bryant, Gianna and seven others were killed when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed into a hillside above Calabasas, California on Sunday during foggy conditions.