On May 5, wife to the late Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, posted on Instagram that she had found a birthday letter written from the basketball star before he died. In the post, she expressed how she had found the card the day before, but was waiting to open it on her birthday so she had something “to look forward to.”

On January 26, Bryant, his daughter, Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in California. Vanessa has shared many other posts on her Instagram relating to her husband and daughter’s death. On May 1, Gianna would have turned 14. Vanessa posted a photo of Gianna wearing a mickey mouse shirt and leggings. In the caption she stated, “You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday.”


Vanessa posted another photo on Gianna’s birthday asking everyone to wear red as a way to honor her daughter’s memory. Vanessa explained that this idea came from Gianna always having worn a red bow in her hair for school pictures. In the photo, Vanessa is shown in a red shirt and wearing a red band bracelet that reads “Gigi Bryant.” Vanessa went on to say that they “are in the process of making this bracelet available for proceeds to benefit our Mamba and Mambacita foundation,” an organization focused on positive impact through sport and is linked to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy.

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