Today, May 1, marks the day Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant would have turned 14 years old. The teenager would have been celebrating with her parents, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, and doted on by her sisters Natalia, Bianka, and baby Capri.
Sadly, following the tragic January 26 helicopter accident that claimed Gianna, Kobe, and seven other lives, the entire world was rocked by the loss of such immense talent, inspiration, and potential.
In honor of her extraordinary time on earth and to celebrate what would have been her 14th birthday, Vanessa took to her Instagram to pen a lovely message about how much she misses Gianna.
Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you.
“You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday. I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!! ❤️🎉🎂🎉❤️
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Happy 13th birthday to my Gigi!!!!! Wow! Can’t believe we have another teenager in the house. Thankfully you’re such a sweet, thoughtful, funny, smart and beautiful young lady. Wishing you nothing but joy, health and love today and always. God bless you baby girl. ❤️😘We love you sooooooo much! Happy Birthday gorgeous!!!! 🎉🎂🎉#Mambacita 🏀 #Taurus ♉️ #GigiBryant
Kobe and Gigi died when they where involved in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. It is believed that they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.
The basketball legend and 5-time NBA champion is survived by his wife Vanessa and three daughters.
Kobe Bryant is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time- making 18-star teams during his 20-year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA finals MVPS and he was the league MVP in 2008.