Vanessa Bryant Makes First Public Statement and Announces MambaOnThree Fund To Support Other Victims’ Families

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On Wednesday Vanessa Bryant publicly addressed the death of her husband of nearly 20 years, Kobe, and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna for the first time in an Instagram post.

The NBA legend and his daughter tragically passed Sunday in a helicopter crash that claimed seven other lives in route to his Mamba Sports Academy for a basketball game.

Bryant thanked the millions of people who’ve shown her and her girls love and support, but noted there aren’t enough words to describe their pain.

“I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today,” penned Bryant. “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.”

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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. 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 ❤️

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The other seven lives lost in the crash were John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan. 

In her post, Bryant acknowledged the other affected families. “We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.”

She went on to announce the MambaOnThree Fund, a fund that will support those families.

According to the funds website, it exists to honor and support loved ones of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on January 26th.

The phrase “Mamba On Three” was the teams mantra. The chant stood for “togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge,” so it fittingly represents the fund.

Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy also acknowledged his and Gianna death and the MambeOnThree Fund Wednesday.

Here is the link to donate: MambaOnThree

Bryant closed her post thanking everyone for loving her, Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

Continuing to send love, prayers and support to Vanessa, her daughters and the Altobelli, Chester, Mauser and Zobayan families.

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Bryant is creative, personable, quick-witted and the founder of The Top Tea. He is a Howard alum and USC graduate student. He’s toured multiple countries, sung background for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and Andra Day and performed at venues like The White House (under Pres. Obama) and The Kennedy Center on multiple occasions. Bryant also worked on the casting team for Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.

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