Vanessa Bryant changed her Instagram profile photo to a heartbreaking image of Kobe Bryant hugging their daughter Gianna at the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto.
It is Vanessa Bryant’s first public acknowledgment of the death of her husband and daughter in a helicopter crash Sunday that also took the lives of seven other people in Calabasas, California.
She also changed her account to public from private. Vanessa Bryant made her last Instagram post on Saturday – a photo of daughter Bianca opening the refrigerator for a juice box, according to the caption – and it was liked by Kobe Bryant.
The NBA postponed Tuesday’s game between the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers “out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday,” the league said in a news release.
People around the world have paid tribute to Bryant, including friends, former teammates and players.
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