Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Shared Throwback Pic of the Couple Marking Day They 1st Met Weeks before His Death

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant recalled the first time they snapped a picture together weeks before the basketballer died.

A few weeks before his death, Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, marked the 20th anniversary of the first time they met weeks.

Vanessa Bryant attends New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa Bryant attends New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

People recalled that Vanessa had shared a post that came with a picture that she explained was the first one they ever snapped together. Kobe, who had also shared the same image to celebrate the milestone, captioned his post:

"On this day 20 years ago I met my best friend, my Queen @vanessabryant."

 

The late basketballer added a present-day picture of him and Vanessa as they shared a hug in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Kobe mentioned that he had taken her to Disneyland so they could celebrate things the "old school style."

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend a Dinner Hosted By Russell Simmons And His Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation In Honor Of Lin-Manuel Miranda at Private Residence in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend a Dinner Hosted By Russell Simmons And His Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation In Honor Of Lin-Manuel Miranda at Private Residence in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

People's report came soon after ET Online revealed that Vanessa was feeling "almost numb to everything" after she lost her husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. According to ET Online's source:

"Vanessa married Kobe when she was 18 and never expected to live her life without him, and that is going to take time."

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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Luckily, the mother-of-four is surrounded by people that care for and love her and her family as People reported that she was working hard at being strong for her other children – Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella, and Capri Kobe.

Vanessa had, on Wednesday, broken her silence, days after her husband and Gianna died in a helicopter crash on January 26.

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❤️Happy 50th birthday, Puffy! @diddy

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The bereaved woman took to Instagram, where she shared a sweet picture of her family and explained in the caption that there weren't enough words to describe her family's pain. She added that she was taking solace in the fact that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were loved.

Soon after she uploaded the post, athletes camped in its comment section to show their support for the sportsman's wife, per a People article. While LaLa Anthony promised to stick by Vanessa's side, Martha Hunt sent love and strength to the widow.

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@baby2baby gala w/my baby

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RHOA star, NeNe Leakes added that she was keeping Vanessa and the other hurting families in her family.

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