Vanessa Bryant and Natalia Bryant posted touching tributes to Gianna “Gigi” Bryant on Saturday, marking her 16th birthday.
Vanessa posted an animated video that she narrated to pay tribute to her late daughter. The video was made in the style of her husband Kobe Bryant’s animated short Dear Basketball.
“Dear Gianna, from the first time you imagined winning a WNBA championship, I knew one thing was real – you were special,” she shared. “You came from greatness, but it was never about what you inherited. It was about what you gave to others.
Vanessa added, “When someone stands up for gender equality, I see you standing with them. And whenever someone plays it the hardest, I know it’s you on the court. I still love you, basketball.
Natalia Bryant has posted her own tribute to her little sister. She posted a photo of herself kissing a young Gigi’s cheek.
“Happy sixteen my dearest gigi♥️Love you to the moon and back 🌙forever and always,” she captioned the post.
Kobe and Gigi died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in California. Seven other people were also killed in the crash. The group was traveling to a women’s basketball tournament when the plane crashed in foggy weather. Federal safety officials cited pilot error as the cause of the tragic crash.