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'It’s impossible to imagine life without them’: Vanessa Bryant’s first post since Kobe and Gianna’s deaths

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ROANOKE, Va. – Vanessa Bryant has made her first public statement on Instagram since the passing of her husband, Kobe, and their daughter, Gianna, on Sunday.

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” Vanessa wrote on Wednesday evening. “Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them.”

Vanessa went on to explain the unimaginable pain she and her three daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, have been through during the past few days. She said her one solace was knowing how much everyone adored her husband and daughter. She expressed for the public to allow her and her family to continue to grieve privately and figure out the transition to their new reality.

“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," Vanessa wrote.

Vanessa also acknowledged the other families affected by the crash and wrote, “We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.”

In their honor, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree fund to support the other families affected by this tragedy.

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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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