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Vanessa Bryant Celebrates Life Of Her ‘Sweet Baby Girl’ Gianna On Her 14th Birthday

Gianna (Gigi) Bryant
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 29: Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks on December 29, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

*Vanessa Bryant hit up her Instagram page on Friday to honor what would have been her late daughter Gianna (Gigi) Bryant’s 14th birthday.

Gianna and her NBA star father, Kobe Bryant, were killed in a January helicopter crash, along with seven others. 

“Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you,” Vanessa wrote in the tribute to her daughter on Instagram. “You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday,” she said. “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!!!!!!!”

Check out the post below. 

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On April 17, GiGi was posthumously awarded an honorary WNBA draft pick, along with her fellow Mamba Academy teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester.

Altobelli and Chester were among nine people who died in the helicopter crash. Their family members recorded thank you speeches for the honor including Vanessa, who recalled both her daughter and husband’s passion for basketball.

“Thank you so much for honoring my Gigi and selecting her to be an honorary draft pick this year. It would’ve been a dream come true for her,” Vanessa said. “She worked tirelessly every single day. She wanted to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, just like her daddy. So thank you. Thank you for honoring my little girl. Kobe and Gigi loved the WNBA.”

Vanessa also posted an emotional tribute to Gianna, noting how proud she was of her daughter for being the “youngest draft pick.”

“God I miss you baby,” the mother of four wrote. “You deserved to live a long, healthy and happy life. I wish I could hold you and tell you how proud I am of you. You’re the best, baby girl. Mommy loves and misses you more than I could ever express.”

Vanessa is also mom to daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 10-month-old Capri.

The surviving members of the Altobelli family and Mauser family have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the helicopter company Island Express after John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli and Christina Mauser died in the same crash that killed Kobe and Gianna, TMZ Sports reported.

Vanessa has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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