Vanessa Bryant Speaks Openly About Her Grief Since Kobe and Gianna's Deaths

"Find your reason to live."

  • Vanessa Bryant speaks openly about her grief since Kobe and GiannaBryant's tragic deaths.
  • Kobe and Gianna passed away last January.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, tragically died in a helicopter crash last January. It's been almost one year since the accident and Vanessa Bryant is sharing how she's struggled since losing her husband and daughter. She posted a candid message on her Instagram Stories on Jan. 15, admitting that she had to find a reason to continue living after they died.

"Let me be real - Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions. One day you're in the moment laughing and the next day you don't feel like being alive," she wrote. "I want to say this for people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live. I know it's hard."


She continued, "I look at my daughters and I try to push through that feeling for them," she continued. "Death is guaranteed but living the rest of the day isn't. Find your reason."

Vanessa and Kobe also share daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 1. Kobe and Gianna died in Calabasas, Calif. while traveling in a private helicopter. Seven other passengers were in his helicopter at the time of the crash. "Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead," TMZ shared at the time. Kobe rose to fame for playing on the Los Angeles Lakers and winning five NBA championships before he retired in 2016.

Vanessa has already shared a message to Instagram, asking for outlets to not share footage from the crash. "I want to thank everyone that has handled their media coverage respectfully. ♥️ To everyone else, please reconsider your 'news story' and look at your footage through the eyes of their children, parents, spouse, siblings and family," she wrote. "Celebrate their lives, not the day they lost them."