Vanessa Bryant releases statement following deaths of Kobe, Gianna

By Vincent Frank
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Vanessa Bryant broke her silence Wednesday evening on Instagram, mere days after she lost her husband and 13-year-old daughter in a tragic helicopter accident in Southern California.

Wife to Kobe and mother to Gianna, Mrs. Bryant’s statement was heartfelt and full of emotion.

She thanked those who have wished the family well while paying homage to two loving souls who departed this life too early.

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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,” Bryant wrote. “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.”

That just tugs at the heartstrings right there. Mrs. Bryant had previously updated her Instagram photo to show the love that Kobe and Gianna shared.

Our thoughts continue to go out to the Bryant family and the families of the seven other souls who died in that tragic accident Sunday morning in Southern California.

May they be comforted by the millions who are thinking of them right now.