Vanessa Bryant is honouring her late daughter Gianna's life in a special way on the anniversary of her death. As People shares, Tuesday marked a year since both Gianna and Kobe Bryant lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident, and Vanessa took to social media to commemorate the day with a note sent by someone who knew Gianna well.
Gianna's friend Aubrey talks about her kindness and passion
Vanessa shared the meaningful message on Instagram, explaining that it came from a close friend of Gianna's who had reached out to her. "Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey," she began her caption. "I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you). Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig."
In the letter, Aubrey reflected on what Gianna was like, calling her "kind, caring and endlessly polite" as well as "fiercely competitive". She detailed memories of extracurriculars Gianna was involved in— such as the school musical and student council— sharing that her late friend "knew what she wanted and she fought to get it." Aubrey concluded by thanking Vanessa for "the daughter you created and raised," letting her know that she'd be happy to share more stories.
Vanessa says losing Gianna and Kobe "still doesn't seem real"
Vanessa continued her caption by expressing her gratitude for the emotional note Aubrey had sent her, referencing some of the things she said. "My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. She loves you so much," Vanessa shared in response to her daughter's friend. She also touched on the loss of her husband Kobe.
"I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. ♥️I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings," Vanessa wrote, reflecting on the incident. "It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!"
Earlier this month, Vanessa opened up about how she's managed to keep going despite the tragedy she's endured. "Find your reason to live. I know it's hard," she shared on Instagram. "I look at my daughters and I try to push through that feeling for them. Death is guaranteed but living the rest of the day isn't." Vanessa also continues to memorialize her daughter and husband following their deaths, and even revealed that she had even gotten special tattoos in memory of them!