On Sunday, the news of Kobe Kobe Bryant’s death came as a shock to all of us. Many took to social media to offer their condolence to him family. For the first time after his helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his widow, Vanessa, has made her first comments.
In a post on Instagram with a family photo, she said she was “completely devastated” and that there were not “enough words to describe our pain”.
The couple had four daughters including Gianna, 13, who died in the crash.
There has been no word yet on funeral arrangements.
The cause of the crash in foggy weather west of Los Angeles is still being investigated. Bryant was on his way to coach his daughter’s basketball team in a local youth tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.
In her post, Vanessa also said: “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.”
She added: “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.”
Venessa also thanked people for their support, and announced the formation of a fund to help support the other families that were affected by the crash, the Mamba Sports Foundation.
The other victims included the pilot, two other 13-year-old girls involved in the tournament, three of their parents and another coach.
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