The entire world is morning the tragic accident that occurred Sunday morning in California regarding Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and 7 other passengers aboard his rented Helicopter. The passengers were in route to a basketball game and took the chopper to arrive on time. For reasons out of anyone’s control, foggy weather prevented the helicopter from landing successfully and it crashed at 2,000 mph into the ground catching on fire immediately. Rather you’re a Kobe Bryant fan, Lakers fan or not, there was no denying the impact the he has on the entire world and sports community. Celebrities everywhere have taken to social media to wish their condolences and speak about the amazing person we all know as ‘Kobe Bryant’.
The Grammys held at the Staples Center, where the Lakers play, were a gloomy atmosphere as everyone felt saddened by the loss of so many beautiful people. The event’s host ‘Alicia Keys’ did her best to keep everyone in high spirts, and small tribute with her and Philadelphia’s own ‘Boyz 2 Men’ was put together to honor his legacy.
Better known as ‘The Black Mamba’, the 6 foot 6 basketball phenomenon brought joy to a lot of people all around the world. He shared a special bond with his 13 year old daughter ‘Gigi’, who wanted to follow in his foot steps of being a professional basketball player. Her dreams of attending UCONN were cut short and many people are beyond shocked about the entire situation.
His wife, Vanessa Bryant has been silent since Sunday, and just issued a statement via her Instagram account earlier today. The whole situation has the world coming together with love, positivity, and strong hearts to continue to push through. If you ever missed that phone call from a loved one, waited another day to talk to someone you loved I beg on you now DONT WAIT. Tomorrow is not promised and telling someone you love them goes a long way. Enjoy your time with your loved ones and cherish every minute you have with them. Read below…
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