Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa shares loving tributes to her husband & daughter

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant
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Before Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant died tragically in a helicopter crash alongside seven other people, Vanessa Bryant--Kobe's wife--had her Instagram set to private. We imagine that being in the public eye must be difficult what with everyone having an opinion about everything, and maybe Vanessa just wanted to make sure that everyone who was allowed to see her account was playing fair. Makes sense. But then on Sunday, July 26, everything in Vanessa's life stopped making sense, because she lost her beloved husband of almost 20 years and her beautiful 13-year-old daughter.

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Immediately following the awful news, Vanessa kept to herself and grieved privately. Then on July 29, she made the decision to make her Instagram public. She also changed her profile picture to be one of her daughter Gigi draping her arms around Kobe's neck as she looks up to him lovingly and he looks back at her with a huge smile radiating across his face.

Vanessa's very first post after making her account public was one of gratitude for the outpouring of "support and love during this horrific time." Since then, she has continued to post tributes. It's incredibly kind of her to share anything with the public during what has got to be the most difficult time of her life.

Here are a few of the things she has posted since the tragedy.

Her beloved 2 and 24.

Gianna wore the number 2 jersey for her team, and Kobe will forever be known as number 24 of the Lakers. "There is no #24 without #2. ❤️#GirlDaddy #DaddysGirl #MyBabies ❤️❤️ #OurAngels #KobeandGigi," she wrote in the caption she included with this photo.

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A portrait of Gianna wearing her father's jersey.

This stunning piece of art was created by artist Reina Koyano, and it touched Vanessa's heart. She shared the image and wrote: "Seeing my babygirl smile and happy again with a basketball 🏀 under her arm, wrapped in 💜💛love just warmed my heart. Thank you for this. @_vivalareina thank you!! My Gigi.❤️ #Mambacita."

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She's missing her best friend.

Kobe was always calling his wife his best friend, and now Vanessa is missing her best friend very much. She posted this picture of a smiling Kobe and wrote: "#mybestfriend #theBestdaddy Miss you so much. #handsome #sweet #funny #silly #lovinghusband ❤️Miss you saying, 'Bonjourno principessa/reina.'"

Watch for the part where he calls Vanessa his "best friend."

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Vanessa shared a clip of an interview Kobe did where he answered some quick-fire questions and said he was scared of bees and dog poop. Then later, in a different interview, he is asked who his best friend is, and without having to think about it, he says, "My wife."

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Gianna's school remembered her in a memorial.

This image is from a memorial for Gianna at the school she attended. Vanessa wrote: "My Gianna. God I miss you. I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years. Wish it would’ve been until my last breath. Mommy loves you to the moon and back. Infinity plus 1."

Our hearts continue to break for Vanessa. We wish her healing, strength, and love. So much love.

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