Vanessa Bryant struggling to accept that both her husband Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant are gone, as she shares emotional post about life without them.
Taking to her social media page, she spoke about how she has been struggling to cope with the deaths of her husband, daughter and other seven people that were killed in a helicopter crash some weeks back.
“My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she wrote.
“It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.”
Bryant said she realizes she has to remain strong for her three surviving daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri.
“I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this,” she wrote. “God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”
The social media post included a video feature from Slam Magazine about Kobe Bryant coaching their daughter Gianna’s basketball team.
Bryant was killed when the helicopter carrying him, his daughter and seven others crashed into a mountainside in Calabasas, California while flying to a girls basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy on Jan. 26.
A public memorial for Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and daughter Alyssa was scheduled Monday. Also killed in the crash were pilot Ara Zobayan and Bryant friends Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton.
Bryant announced last week that a “celebration of life” memorial will be held on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center to honour her late husband and 13-year-old Gianna.
Kobe Bryant is also set to be honoured at the upcoming NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Chicago, Illinois, with a number of initiatives planned.