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Vanessa Bryant unlocks her private Instagram and changes profile photo to Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter

Vanessa Bryant unlocks her private Instagram and changes profile photo to Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter Gigi three days after they died in chopper crash

  • Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa hasn’t spoken out publicly since her husband and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed on Sunday 
  • Vanessa publicly acknowledged their deaths on Wednesday when she changed her Instagram profile photo
  • Her profile now features a photo of Kobe and Gianna smiling and embracing
  • Kobe and Vanessa, who married in 2001, have four children together
  • Kobe, Gianna and seven others were killed on Sunday when their helicopter went down in a fiery crash in Southern California 

Kobe Bryant’s wife has posted a heartbreaking photo of her late husband and daughter Gianna as her Instagram profile image after they were killed in a helicopter crash.

The former NBA superstar’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, has not spoken out since Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter tragically died on Sunday when his helicopter crashed in California.

Vanessa publicly acknowledged their shock deaths on Wednesday when she changed her Instagram profile photo to one of Kobe and Gianna embracing and smiling at each other.

The photo was taken during an NBA all-star game in Toronto in 2016, which was among his last all-star appearances.

Kobe Bryant's wife changed her Instagram profile picture on Wednesday to feature her late husband and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna

Kobe Bryant’s wife changed her Instagram profile picture on Wednesday to feature her late husband and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna

Vanessa publicly acknowledged their shock deaths on Wednesday when she changed her Instagram profile photo to one of Kobe and Gianna embracing and smiling at each other

Vanessa publicly acknowledged their shock deaths on Wednesday when she changed her Instagram profile photo to one of Kobe and Gianna embracing and smiling at each other

Vanessa also switched her Instagram account from private to public on Wednesday.

It is not clear if she made the account, which has more than one million, followers, private before or after the crash.

Sources have said Vanessa has been trying to stay strong for their three surviving daughters but is devastated, numb and can barely keep it together.

‘She can’t finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one,’ the source told People.

Bryant met Vanessa back in 1999 when she was 17 and was working as a background model on a music video.

They got engaged six months later and married in 2001.

The couple have four children together: Gianna, 13, who was killed alongside her father, Natalia, 17, three-year-old Bianka and seven-month-old Capri.

Kobe would often share heartwarming photos and tributes to his family on social media.

The Bryant family were all pictured together in December at a Nutcracker performance for an annual Christmas tradition

Gigi and her mother Vanessa are pictured above together during a recent family trip to Disneyland late last yearThey are pictured in Greece during a 2014 vacation

Gigi and her mother Vanessa are pictured above together during a recent family trip to Disneyland late last year (left) and in Greece in 2014 (right)

Vanessa and Kobe, who married in 2001, are pictured above with their three eldest daughters: Natalia, 17, Gianna, 13, and three-year-old Bianka

Vanessa and Kobe, who married in 2001, are pictured above with their three eldest daughters: Natalia, 17, Gianna, 13, and three-year-old Bianka

Bryant met Vanessa back in 1999 when she was 17 and was working as a background model on a music video. They got engaged six months later and married in 2001

Bryant met Vanessa back in 1999 when she was 17 and was working as a background model on a music video. They got engaged six months later and married in 2001

In November 2019, he called Vanessa his ‘Queen’ and their daughters ‘princesses’ in a touching post to mark 20 years since they first met when she was at high school.

‘On this day 20 years ago I met my best friend, my Queen @vanessabryant I decided to take her on a date to Disneyland tonight to celebrate old school style (pre 4princesses),’ he wrote.

‘I love you my mamacita per sempre,’ Bryant captioned a throwback photo of the couple along with a photo of them at the time in the Anaheim, California, theme park.

Kobe, Gianna and seven others were killed on Sunday when their helicopter went down in a fiery crash in Southern California on their way to the 13-year-old’s basketball game.

They were killed alongside John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California’s Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter; and Christina Mauser, a girls’ basketball coach at a Southern California elementary school.

The NBA legend and Vanessa married in April 2001 when he was 22 and she was 18. Together they have four children: Gianna (far right), 13, who was killed alongside her father, Natalia (left), 17, three-year-old Bianka (right, in pink), and seven-month-old Capri

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