Vanessa Bryant just made her first statement since husband Kobe and daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th. Bryant made the statement via Instagram, alongside a beautiful family photo. She started by thanking all those who have shown support and love “during this horrific time” and reflected on her and her family’s devastating loss.
“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe—the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna—a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri,” Bryant wrote.
She also expressed her and her family’s empathy for all the families who lost loved ones in the crash on Sunday. “We share in their grief intimately,” Bryant wrote. In order to offer support for all of these families during their time of collective grief and to honor those lost, Bryant announced that the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund. All donations will be directed to the families of those who died in the crash.
To donate, head to MambaOnThree.org. As explained on the site, the fund exists to honor and support loved ones of those lost in the crash.
The Mamba Sports Foundation is a charitable organization aimed to provide sports opportunities and funding for at risk-youth and to engage veterans through sports, and Bryant encouraged those who want to “further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports” to visit the Mamba Sports Foundation page.
The Los Angeles Lakers also made a statement via Instagram on Wednesday night. They shared the same links for those looking to offer donations and support and sent their love to those affected, writing:
Bryant was candid in her post about not knowing where to go from here.
Bryant also asked that everyone be respectful toward all the families affected by the tragedy and grant them the “privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.”