Vanessa Bryant Pays Tribute to Kobe on Anniversary of His Final NBA Game: 'Life Isn't Fair'

On the day that marked four years since Kobe Bryant's final NBA game, his wife Vanessa remembered the late Los Angeles Lakers star with a social media post lamenting how his life was tragically cut short.

The five-time NBA champion died along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people on January 26, when the helicopter he was flying in crashed in Calabasas, just outside Los Angeles.

On Monday, Bryant's wife paid tribute to her late husband, posting on Instagram the highlights from his final NBA appearance on April 13, 2016.

"My husband worked his a** off for 20 years. Gave it his all," she wrote as a caption to the video.

"All he wanted was to spend time with our girls and me to make up for lost time. He wanted to be there for every single milestone and special moment in our girls lives. He only got to enjoy three years and nine months of retirement."

She also reflected on what was taken away from her and her family due to the premature deaths of the former Lakers star and Gianna, who was herself a highly touted high-school basketball star.

"We had two more daughters, he won an Oscar, he opened Granity studios, he became a five-time best selling author and coached Gianna's basketball team in that time," Bryant continued.

"She worked hard and gave her all seven days a week just like her daddy

"I wish they had a normal local game on 1/26 [January, 26]. Life truly isn't fair. This is just senseless."

After three injured-plagued seasons, Bryant announced he would retire at the end of the 2016 campaign. The Lakers were no longer the force of old—they finished 17-65 in his final season, the worst record in franchise history—and his own powers were waning, but true to form Bryant went out on his own terms.

In his final professional game, the five-time NBA champion dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz as the Lakers clinched a 101-96 home win. Four months short of his 38th birthday, Bryant became the oldest player in NBA history to score at least 60 points in a game and outscored the entire Jazz team in the fourth quarter.

At the end of the game, Vanessa and her two eldest daughters embraced Bryant as he came off the court for the final time.

During a 20-year career in the NBA, Bryant won five NBA titles, won the MVP award in 2008 and was named NBA Finals MVP in the following two seasons. An 18-time All-Star selection, Bryant led the NBA in scoring in two seasons and retired as the Lakers' all-time top scorer.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on March 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Bryant died on last month along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles. Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty