Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Changes Her Instagram Profile Picture to Photo of Kobe and Gianna

Vanessa Bryant breaks her silence, and in a heartfelt message, she thanked the public for their outpour of support since her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna died tragically in a helicopter crash.

Vanessa Bryant has kept a low profile in the days since her husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna Bryant died tragically in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Since their passing Vanessa had made her Instagram page private and made no mention of her grief to the public until Wednesday when she changed her profile picture to an image of Kobe and Gianna hugging.

Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre, on February 14, 2016, in Toronto, Canada| Source: Elsa/Getty Images

Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre, on February 14, 2016, in Toronto, Canada| Source: Elsa/Getty Images

Upon opening up her Instagram account to the public again, she shared her grief. Vanessa started off by thanking the public for their support, love, and prayers during what she called a "horrific time." Adding that her family needed the positive outpour, she said:

"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."

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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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In her post, Vanessa is also mentioned that she is devastated for the families who lost someone on Sunday, and said she shares their grief. Admitting that she has no words to express her pain, she shared:

"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."

Vanessa said she wished that they were together forever. Even though her family has found it impossible to wake up every day without them, she admits they feel Kobe and Gianna shining a light to guide them.

She also announced that the Mamba Sports Foundation had set up a fund called the "MambaOnThree" to help support the families affected by the tragedy.

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