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Vanessa Bryant Delivers Emotional Eulogy At Memorial For Kobe & Gianna



During a televised memorial on Monday, Vanessa Bryant delivered a heartrending speech

She’s a wife who just lost her “soulmate” and a mother who is having to say goodbye to her daughter far too soon. But Vanessa Bryant amazingly found the strength of spirit on Monday to make a profoundly moving speech in honor of her late husband, NBA great Kobe Bryant, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Vanessa Bryant took to the center stage of Staples Center in Los Angeles to give a moving tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and her daughter, Gigi.

This was her first public appearance after their death. The two were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on the 26th of January.

“Thank you all so much for being here; it means so much to us. Love you too,” she told the crowd of 20,000. “I’d like to thank everyone for coming today. The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so up-lifting. Thank you all so much for all your prayers. I’d like to talk about both Kobe and Gigi, but I’ll start with my baby girl first.”

She described her beloved “Gigi” as thoughtful, sweet and beautiful and mourned the milestones they would miss with the young woman she believed was destined for basketball greatness like her dad.

The two did not have it easy in their marriage, especially from their family. Kobe Bryant’s family was reportedly against their decision to marry and did not attend the couple’s wedding at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California in April 2001.

In her tribute, Vanessa mentioned that he was always there for their children and that is the memory he wants his children to have of their father.

She gave examples of the many times Kobe stepped up as a father and a husband that made more than 20,000 people in the center shed tears.

Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter that crashed last month, killing her husband, Kobe daughter, Gianna and seven others.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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The complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Fillmore-based Island Express Holding Corp. and Island Express Helicopters alleges that pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died in the crash in Calabasas, failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and was negligent.

Watch Vanessa’s moving tribute at the Staples Center courtesy of Bleacher Report below:

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