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Vanessa Bryant and Daughter Natalia Wished Gigi Bryant a Happy 16th Birthday: ‘Love You Always’

It has been more than two years since Gigi and her father Kobe lost their lives in a helicopter crash in California.

It has been more than two years since Gigi and her father Kobe lost their lives in a helicopter crash in California. At the time, Gigi was less than four months away from her 14th birthday.

Vanessa Bryant and her daughter Natalia Bryant wanted to celebrate what would have been Gianna “Gigi” Bryant’s 16th birthday.

To honor Gigi, both Vanessa, 39, and Natalia, 19, shared moving posts on Instagram.

In particular, Vanessa shared a video featuring cartoon sketches of her beloved daughter, remembering her passion for basketball. See it here!

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“Dear Gianna, from the first time you imagined winning a WNBA championship, I knew one thing was real — you were special,” Vanessa said in the voiceover. “You came from greatness, but it was never about what you inherited. It was about what you gave to others.” 

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She continued, “When someone stands up for gender equality, I see you standing up alongside them. And every time someone plays her hardest, I know that’s you on the court. Love you always, basketball.”

In the caption, Vanessa wrote, “Love you always! Happy Birthday, Gianna. 😘❤️🥰 #Mambacita #2 ❤️❤️.”

Her sister Natalia shared a throwback photo of herself as a child kissing Gigi’s cheek and they both look very happy. In the caption of the photo, Natalia wrote she will love her sister “forever & always.”

“Happy sweet sixteen my dearest gigi♥️,” Natalia wrote. “I love you to the moon and back 🌙.”

On April 18, Vanessa remembered what would have been her 21st wedding anniversary with Kobe with another moving Instagram post. The philanthropist marked the occasion with an old photo of herself wrapping her arms around the NBA legend from behind and a brief message for her late love.

“I love you forever, baby,” Vanessa captioned her post. “Happy Anniversary @kobebryant#21 ❤️❤️.”

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