November 28, 2022

Vanessa and Natalie Bryant share Father’s Day posts for Kobe Bryant

Vanessa Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant and Natalia Bryant (left to right) in 2016. (Dave Mangels/Getty Images)

Vanessa Bryant shared a heartwarming tribute to her late husband, Kobe Bryant, on Sunday in honor of Father’s Day.

Vanessa posted an Instagram photo showing her with Kobe, who was wearing a Darth Vader shirt that read “#1 Dad.”

“Happy Father’s Day, baby,” the caption reads, along with the hashtag #BestGirlDad.

Kobe, 41, and 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., in January 2020.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star married Vanessa in 2001, and they had four daughters together.

Their eldest daughter, 19-year-old Natalia Bryant, also shared a photo with Kobe on her Instagram story Sunday, writing, “Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the (world). I love you 3000.”

Vanessa and her family last week visited Kobe’s hometown of Philadelphia, where a mural of Kobe and Gianna and a new basketball court featuring the Lakers’ purple and gold color scheme were unveiled.

Kobe played each of of his 20 NBA seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships, before retiring in 2016.