Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Shares Lyrics from Nat King Cole's 'Smile' in Honor of Late Husband & Their Daughter Gigi
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, recently shared a photo of her and daughters posing in front of a mural of Kobe and Gianna.
In a post that has gained numerous reactions online, Vanessa shared a family picture of her and surviving daughters of Kobe Bryant posing in front of a mural of the late NBA star and Gianna.
The mural had the late Kobe Bryant seated next to Gianna and leaning in to kiss her head. The artist also placed a halo between them in what is a truly remarkable tribute to the legendary player.
Vanessa and her surviving daughters Natalia Diamante, 17, and Bianka Bella, 3, appeared in high spirits as the mother carried her youngest child Capri Kobe, who was born in June 2018.
Bryant captioned the photo with lyrics of "Smile," a song made famous by Nat King Cole. Celebrities and fans raced to the comment sections to drop a message. Actor Keegan Allen wrote:
"No words. Just Love."
This is coming just a few weeks after a public memorial was held at the Staples Center in honor of the father-daughter pair.
Thousands of fans were in attendance at the memorial, which also included live performances by Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys.
Last month, the grieving wife launched a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company.
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Smile: by Nat King Cole Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it's breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You'll see the sun come shining through for you Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile
And the highlight of the event saw the mother of three, speak for the first time in public since the tragic death of her husband and daughter.
In an emotional address that brought the audience to tears, Vanessa spoke about her love for her husband and daughter. Describing Kobe, she said:
"He was charismatic, a gentleman. He was loving, adoring, and romantic...I looked forward to Valentine's Day and our anniversaries every year."
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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 ❤️
Vanessa Bryant also had special words for her "baby girl," Gianna, describing her as an "amazingly sweet" and "gentle soul."
Last month, the grieving wife launched a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company that owned the crashed aircraft.
They also claim Island Express Helicopters were complicit in the tragic crash. The widow and her daughters are asking for general, economic, and punitive damages.