Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to lend her voice to the heartbroken community of fans around the world sending their sincerest love, support and condolences to the Bryant family amid their new difficult reality.
Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Maria-Onore Bryant were among the nine people who tragically passed away in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday (Jan. 26). It’s an unfortunate reality that many supporters and those who knew them most intimately have struggled to accept since the tragedy happened three days ago.
In moving tributes to the global NBA icon and his daughter, Beyoncé took to social media on Wednesday (Jan. 29) where she shared a series of photographs as an ode to Kobe’s love for his wife, Vanessa, and their other daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and seven-month-old, Capri.
One post was a sweet picture of Kobe and Gigi courtside at a basketball game. Kobe can be seen kissing his daughter on her head, who has a bright smile on her face. It’s a tender snapshot, considering Gigi was a promising talent in her own respect who was making a name for herself as she followed in her father’s footsteps with dreams to play in the WNBA.
“I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens,” Bey wrote in the photo’s captions on Instagram, adding “You are deeply missed beloved Kobe.”
Bey also shared two separate, captionless photos in honor of the honor NBA legend and his daughter’s memory. One was a photo of a young Gigi beaming at the camera. The other image was what appears to be a yearbook photo of Kobe from his childhood.
Bey’s statement comes in light of her and Jay-Z’s decades-long friendship with Kobe tracing back to early days of their careers. The two were frequently seen at the Lakers' basketball games. Most recently, throwback mementos from Kobe’s brief rap career that fans dug up earlier this week also resurfaced on social media, including clips from Kobe on set with Destiny’s Child for the music video of the girl group’s fan-favorited song, “Bug A Boo.”
BET continues to send its love, light and prayers to the Bryant family as well as the families of Christina Mauser, Sarah and Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, and the Altobelli family during this difficult time.
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