Vanessa has not been seen in public since the tragic news of Kobe’s death, but she changed her profile picture on her Instagram page to a sweet shot of Kobe hugging the 13-year-old they called Gigi.
The photo of Kobe and Gigi was taken at the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto and the happy father smiled with her arm on his shoulder.
Kobe and his daughter were two of the nine passengers who lost their lives when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed into the mountainside in Calabasas, Calif. on January 26.
Vanessa has not spoken about the devastating accident, but the photo change seemed to be a loving tribute to her beloved husband and child.
The Bryants had four daughters, Gianna, 13, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, seven months.
Radar readers know Kobe and Gianna were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a game on Sunday when the helicopter crashed in the heavy fog.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner’s office confirmed to Radar that all nine bodies were recovered from the scene but only four were identified.
Kobe, John Altobelli, Sarah Chester and Ara Zobayan were all identified by the Coroner’s office on January 28. The other five passengers were not yet identified.
Scroll through the gallery to see the new photo Vanessa Bryant posted after the crushing death of Kobe and their daughter Gigi.
Kobe and Gigi smiled at each other in the photo that Vanessa shared with her 1.5 million Instagram followers just four days after the deadly helicopter crash.
He was a devoted father as Gigi followed in his footsteps as a basketball player.
Kobe told Jimmy Kimmel that Gigi was the heir to his basketball legacy, and she had dreams of growing up and playing in the WNBA.
"The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans would come up to me and she'll be standing next to me," Kobe told Kimmel about Gigi, "and they'll be like, 'You've gotta have a boy, you and V gotta have a boy. You gotta have somebody to carry on your tradition, the legacy." The proud dad said, "She's like, 'I got this. I'm like that's right. Yes, you do, you got this."
Fun And Games
Kobe told The New Yorker in a 2014 article that he saw Gigi’s competitive streak when she was just three. "You know, it's my move," he said he told her while playing a game of Candyland. "She obviously can see that I can win, so she'll know that I'm not winning on purpose. Then what's that teaching?"