Vanessa Bryant on one year anniversary of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths: ‘I will never understand’


It was exactly one year ago today when NBA legend Kobe Bryant  his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in a dense morning fog in Southern California; the former Lakers star was 41.

On the anniversary, Kobe’s widow and Gianna’s mother, Vanessa Bryant, posted a letter to Instagram sent to her from one of Gianna’s friends


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“I hope that in the midst of your intense sadness you catch a glimpse of joy in who the daughter you created and raised was,” the letter said. “You did it right Mrs. Bryant, and we are all eternally grateful to you.”

In her post, Vanessa Bryant wrote, “I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. I will never understand why/how this tragedy couldn’t happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!”