Vanessa Bryant posts tribute to Kobe on wedding anniversary

Vanessa Bryant spoke out for the first time since her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash, saying on January 29, 2020 that the family is "completely devastated" by the tragedy that also killed seven others.


LOS ANGELES - Vanessa Bryant described her late husband Kobe as "my king" in a message posted on social media on Saturday on what would have been the couple's wedding anniversary.

"My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary baby," she wrote on Instagram to accompany a photo of the couple.

"I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you."

READ: Vanessa Bryant 'completely devastated' over Kobe's death

Basketball superstar Kobe and one of the couple's daughters, 13-year-old Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in southern California on January 26.

Kobe and Vanessa have three surviving daughters who were not on the helicopter.

Kobe, a five-time NBA champion, was a fierce advocate for women's basketball.

He loomed large over the Women's NBA draft on Friday when commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced the new Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award.