Vanessa Bryant’s birthday tribute to Kobe will have you in tears

In January 2020, Vanessa Bryant faced the unimaginable when she lost her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash. The couple and seven others were en route to a youth basketball game when the helicopter encountered foggy weather conditions and crashed into a mountainside in Calabasas, California. A few days after the crash, Vanessa broke her silence. “There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post to ESPN. “I find it comforting to know that Kobe and Gigi both knew they were loved so much.” She added that “they were our beautiful blessings that were taken from us too soon.”

Vanessa has been incredibly vulnerable when it comes to sharing her heartache with fans, and she’s not shy about sharing Instagram tributes and posts dedicated to Kobe and Gianna, especially on special days. In April, Vanessa shared a souvenir photo of herself and Kobe on their 21st wedding anniversary. “I love you forever baby. Happy anniversary,” she wrote, making sure to tag Kobe’s Instagram page in the upload. The year before, Vanessa posted a photo of herself and Kobe on her wedding day. Again, she kept the caption short while still tugging at her followers’ hearts. “Happy anniversary, baby. I love you. 20 years,” she shared, adding a single red heart emoji at the end of her post.

Now Vanessa is paying tribute to Kobe on another important day – what would have been his 44th birthday.

Vanessa Bryant Shares Heartbreaking Tribute to Kobe Bryant’s 44th Birthday

Kobe Bryant may be gone, but there’s no doubt that his wife Vanessa Bryant is doing her best to keep the memory of the former Los Angeles Lakers star alive. Vanessa regularly posts photos and videos of her late husband on social media, especially around milestones that are important to her. On Aug. 23, the mother-of-four took to Instagram to pay a touching tribute to her husband. The update included a throwback shot of Vanessa and Kobe locked in an embrace. The couple all smiled as Kobe put his arm around Vanessa and she rested her head on his chest.

“Happy Birthday Baby! I love you and miss you so much!” Writing in the caption, Vanessa made sure to include a hashtag with the number 44 to commemorate his 44th birthday. Some of Vanessa’s famous friends commented on the post. “Happy Birthday I love you V!!!” Khloé Kardashian wrote alongside a series of red heart emojis. Several other fans also chimed in on the tribute post. “Happy birthday Kobe! Missing you so much,” one person commented. “I love you V! Happy birthday to your love,” added another.

In May, Vanessa shared another special birthday tribute to her late daughter, Gianna Bryant. She posted a picture of herself and Gianna laughing at what appeared to be a game. “I love you baby. Happy Birthday Mamacita,” she captioned the upload. Bring us some tissues.