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Vanessa Bryant Says Crash ‘Still Doesn't Seem Real' One Year After Kobe, Gianna's Deaths

On the night before the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna's deaths, Vanessa Bryant expressed her continued disbelief

Vanessa Bryant shared a beautiful message of support that she received on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the death of her husband Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

On Monday, Vanessa took to Instagram to post a letter she was sent earlier that day from a close friend of Gianna's named Aubrey. In her caption, Vanessa reflected on her continued disbelief that Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash that took nine lives on the morning of Jan. 26, 2020.

"Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna's best friends, Aubrey," Vanessa, 38, wrote. "I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you). Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig."

Vanessa Bryant is paying tribute to late husband Kobe on what would have been his 42nd birthday. She shared a photo of the two on Instagram, writing a lengthy and emotional caption alongside it. "Thank you for loving me enough to last several lifetimes," she wrote. "In every lifetime I would choose YOU. Thank you for showing me what real love is. Thank YOU for everything."

In her letter, Aubrey praised Gianna's "love of life" and told Vanessa, "You did it right Mrs. Bryant, and we are all eternally grateful to you."

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In her caption, Kobe's widow expressed how much she misses the NBA superstar and their second-oldest daughter, adding that she still has trouble comprehending the tragedy.

"My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter," Vanessa continued. "She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. [heart emoji] I will never understand why/how this tragedy could've happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn't seem real."

She concluded her emotional caption with, "Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you! #PlayGigisWay #Mambacita #Mamba #DaddysGirl #GirlDad."

Athletes and entertainers joined the public and the Bryant family to celebrate the life of Kobe Byrant and his daughter Gigi during Monday’s ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles. 
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