'Wish you were here to hold me in your arms': Vanessa remembers Kobe Bryant on 19th wedding anniversary

Updated: Apr 20, 2020, 08:44 IST | AFP | Los Angeles

Wife Vanessa pays emotional tribute to late Kobe Bryant on 19th wedding anniversary; NBA icon and daughter died in helicopter crash on Jan 26

Vanessa Bryant; (right) Vanessa Bryant with husband late Kobe Bryant. Pic courtesy/Vanessa Bryant's Instagram account
Vanessa Bryant; (right) Vanessa Bryant with husband late Kobe Bryant. Pic courtesy/Vanessa Bryant's Instagram account

Vanessa Bryant celebrated the 19th anniversary of her wedding to her late husband Kobe Bryant on Saturday with a touching Instagram post.

"My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you," she wrote, posting a picture of the couple. Five-time NBA champion Bryant and the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 26. Gianna, along with her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also died in the crash, were honored at Friday's WNBA draft as honorary selections.

Vanessa Bryant recorded an emotional message for the draft broadcast, saying being drafted into the women's league "would have been a dream come true" for Gianna. After the conclusion of the draft on Friday night, the WNBA announced the creation of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, given to "an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women's and girls' basketball at all levels."

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