Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney Vance, reached out to Vanessa Bryant in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant's tragic deaths. The Hollywood couple offered heartfelt prayers to the grieving family.
Angela and Courtney have been married for a long time and are parents to teenage twins, so they must understand that losing your spouse and teenage daughter in one accident is a devastating tragedy.
Courtney B. Vance, Bronwyn Vance, Slater Vance and Angela Bassett at the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Nov. 19, 2017, in California | Photo: Getty Images
On January 27, a day after Kobe and 13-year-old Gigi lost their lives alongside seven other people in a helicopter crash, Angela and Courtney sent heartfelt prayers to Vanessa, 37, via social media.
Despite her young age, Gigi had already mapped out her basketball future and was a star player on the Mamba Junior League
"Our family is saddened by the news of the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his beautiful daughter, Gianna, their friends, and the pilot," the couple wrote in their joint statement. The basketball legend was 41 at the time of his death.
Kobe Bryant poses with his family after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017 in California | Photo: Getty Images
After mourning Kobe and Gigi's yet-to-be-realized potential, Angela and Courtney prayed:
"Our prayers go out to Kobe’s family, especially his lovely wife, Vanessa, and their surviving children, and to the families of their friends and the pilot."
Besides Kobe and Gigi, others who lost their lives in the crash include Gigi's teammate Alyssa Altobelli, 14, her dad John, 56, and her mom Keri, 46. Another teammate, 13-year-old Payton Chester and her mom Sarah, 45, were also on board.
38-year-old girls' basketball coach who worked at Kobe's Mamba Sports Academy, Christina Mauser, and the pilot, Ara Zobayan, were the eighth and ninth crash victims, respectively.
The tragic incident sparked a wave of mourning all over the world not only because Kobe was one of the best NBA players to grace the hard court, but because his daughter, with whom he shared a love of the game, also perished.
Despite her young age, Gigi had already mapped out her basketball future and was a star player on the Mamba Junior League coached by her father. The duo was reportedly headed to a game on the day they lost their lives.
Vanessa spoke out on social media last Wednesday for the first time since losing her husband and daughter. Two days later, she posted a poignant photo of the Los Angeles' Lakers' tribute to Kobe and Gigi.
According to Daily Mail, the bodies of Kobe and Gigi have now been released to the Bryant family after the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed their identities and determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma.