Vanessa Bryant gives the first statement about Kobe and Gianna Bryant death

Vanessa Bryant, the wife of late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, said in a statement Wednesday about the deaths of Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash.

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We need them,” said Vanessa.

“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.”

Early Wednesday morning, Bryant changed her profile photo on Instagram with pictures of her husband Kobe and daughter Gigi hugging each other. He also unlocked his private account, to give the public access to many of his family’s photos, but the comment section switched off.

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