Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank everyone who has sent their prayers and offered their support since the untimely death of her husband Kobe, her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others on Sunday. Accompanied by a photo of the entire Bryant family, Vanessa spoke on how her, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri will try to move forward in light of such a tragic loss. 

"They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon," she wrote. "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."  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ❤️

A post shared by Vanessa Bryant 🦋 (@vanessabryant) on Jan 29, 2020 at 4:59pm PST

Vanessa's message comes after people noticed that she unlocked her previously private Instagram account, and changed the profile pic to a photo taken of Kobe and Gigi embracing one another prior to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. 

Kobe and Vanessa had four daughters together: Natalia, 17; Gigi, 13; Bianka, 3; Capri, 7 months. The two got married in 2001. 

The helicopter that carried Kobe and Gianna crashed in Calabasas while they were on their way to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. People reported a source as saying that Vanessa and Kobe made a "deal" not to board a helicopter at the same time in case of an accident. "He and Vanessa had a deal that they would never fly on a helicopter together," the source told the publication. 

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