Vanessa Bryant Posts Emotional Instagram Dedicated to Kobe Bryant on Father's Day

Vanessa Bryant honored Kobe on Father's Day
Vanessa Bryant honored Kobe on Father's Day /

For the first time in since 2003, Father's Day will have come and gone without a celebration for Kobe Bryant, a father of four and Los Angeles Lakers legend who passed away in January in a helicopter crash.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's widow, wished "the BEST daddy in the world" a happy Father's Day, adding that all four of his daughters "love you, forever and always."

Included in the Father's Day message was 13-year-old Gianna, known to the family and NBA Twitter as "Gigi," who was among the nine people killed in the helicopter crash that claimed Bryant's life.

This is an emotional weekend in the Bryant household. Not only is this the first Father's Day the family has had to endure without Kobe, but this is just one day after Capri, Bryant's fourth and youngest daughter, celebrated her first birthday.

Almost five months after his passing, Bryant's death still hasn't sunk in with a large chunk of NBA fans from across the league. Vanessa's heartfelt post is sure to get the waterworks flowing for anyone who still can't believe the Black Mamba is gone at such an early age.