Vanessa Bryant shares touching letter from Gianna's pals revealing how 'beautiful' daughter 'changed classmates lives'
VANESSA Bryant has shared a touching letter from Gianna's best friend, revealing how her "beautiful" daughter changed her classmates' lives.
Gianna, 13, died last year alongside her father – basketball star Kobe Bryant – when his helicopter crashed in poor conditions over Calabasas, California.
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Aubrey, Gigi Bryant's best friend, wrote the heartfelt letter to Vanessa – who lost her husband and daughter on January 26 last year.
The letter read: "My mind constantly thinks of your beautiful daughter. Her smile and attitude push me to be better.
"You have probably heard this, but if I ever become a mom, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did.
"She attacked each day as though it was hers to conquer. She would smile and bring the rest of us up with her.
"She changed our lives. Her simple actions made all of us a better person, and I believe that the results of this will never stop appearing.
"She knew when I was having a bad day, and knew just how to make it better. She was generous with her snacks when I forgot mine.
"She left me notes in my notebook that I cherish. She was incredible."
The teen also paid homage to Kobe and Gigi's unrelenting fight for equality in sports – in which they "set the wheels in motion."
She added that Gigi was an "angel of a daughter" who she was so lucky to have spent time with.
Vanessa posted the heartfelt letter on Instagram this morning, along with the caption: "Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey.
"I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you). Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig.
"My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. She loves you so much.
"I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings.
"It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!"
In a gut-wrenching social media post, Vanessa Bryant previously told how she sometimes "doesn't feel like being alive" as the anniversary of Kobe's death approached.
The 38-year-old wrote: "Let me be real – Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions.
"One day you're in the moment laughing and the next day you don't feel like being alive.
"I want to say this for people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss.
"Find your reason to live. I know it's hard."
Vanessa, who met Kobe in 1999 and married him in 2001, also has daughters Natalia, now 17, Bianka, four, and Capri, one, with the late sportsman.
In the final interview before his death, with LA Times in October 2019, Kobe Bryant talks about his bond with Gigi.
Columnist Arash Markazi told Bryant "you and Gigi seem to be attached at the hip," before asking him to describe their relationship, especially on the court.
"It's a trip to see her move. And the expressions she makes, it's a trip. You know, the genetics. Genetics is a real thing man," Bryant said.
"What I love about Gigi is her curiosity about the game. She's very curious about the game."
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