Vanessa Bryant Shares Emotional Post About Kobe and Gianna, Shows Support for Others Suffering from Grief

Vanessa Bryant made a rare comment over the death of her husband, Kobe Bryant, explaining she was still trying to process the enormity of the tragedy that befell her family.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was killed along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed in Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles, on January 26.

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In an Instagram post on Monday, Vanessa Bryant expressed both sadness and anger at the loss of her husband and teenage daughter.

"My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,'' she wrote on social media. "It's like I'm trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi [Gianna] 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."

The post on Instagram included a video from a Slam Magazine feature about the five-time NBA champion's involvement with Gianna's basketball team. Kobe Bryant coached the team on a number of occasions and had repeatedly said in interviews his 13-year-old daughter was a far better player than he was at her age.

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Kobe Bryant is survived by his three other daughters—Natalia, Bianka and Capri—and his wife said she understood the need to be strong to help them cope with grief.

"I realize I need to be strong and be here for my three daughters," she said. "Mad I'm not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I'm here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri."

Vanessa Bryant said she hoped her words could be helpful to anyone currently struggling to cope with loss and grief.

"I know what I'm feeling is normal," she wrote. "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. 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.''

Last week, Vanessa Bryant announced a "celebration of life" will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 24 to honor her late husband and Gianna.

Tributes for Kobe Bryant have poured in since his death and on Sunday former NFL wide receiver Matthew Cherry dedicated his Oscar to the Los Angeles Lakers great.

Cherry's Hair Love won the Academy Award for the best animated short film, the same category in which Kobe Bryant's movie Dear Basketball triumphed two years ago.

"May we all have a second act in life as great as his was," Cherry said after receiving the award.

Kobe Bryant is also set to be honored at the upcoming NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Chicago, Illinois, with a number of initiatives planned.

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Vanessa Laine Bryant (L) and Kobe Bryant attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Mike Coppola/VF19/Getty
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