Unfortunately, in early January 2020, tragedy would strike the Bryant family. And Vanessa Bryant was left to pick up the pieces and soldier on. Both Kobe Bryant and their daughter, Gigi Bryant, were tragically killed in a helicopter crash, transporting them and seven other passengers to one of Gigi’s basketball games. As one can imagine, losing both your husband and child came with extreme pain and sadness. During a speech Vanessa gave at the public memorial for both Kobe and Gigi, Vanessa spoke about them and the joy they brought to her life, per CNN.
While remembering Gigi and Kobe, Vanessa celebrated her “sweet” and “smart” daughter. “I miss you, all of you, every day,” Vanessa declared before adding, “I love you.” She also recalled her “amazing love story” with Kobe. “We loved each other with our whole beings, two perfectly imperfect people raising a beautiful family and our sweet and amazing girls.”
Yet, while Vanessa never expected to become a widow at age 37, she will likely use her latest chapter to fuel the next stage of her amazing transformation.