Vanessa Bryant shared a sweet birthday message to her late daughter Gigi (Picture: Getty/Instagram)
Vanessa Bryant has paid tribute to her daughter Gigi on what would have been her 14th birthday.
Gianna and her father, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Los Angeles, at the end of January.
The pair are survived by Vanessa and Kobe’s three other daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, nine months.
Taking to Instagram, Vanessa paid a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter as she admitted missing Gigi’s ‘smile’.
She wrote: ‘Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you. You are part of MY SOUL forever.
‘I miss you so much everyday. I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles.’
She concluded: ‘I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!!’
Kobe and Gianna had been travelling to one of her basketball games when the crash took place.
Recalling that day, Vanessa signed off: ‘I wish I could back to that morning, every day. I wish they had a normal local game on 1/26. Life truly isn’t fair. This is just senseless.’
It would have been Gigi’s 14th birthday on May 1 (Picture: Vanessa Bryant / Instagram)
Her tribute to Kobe came after Vanessa had shared new pictures of her daughters as they celebrated Easter for the first time without the sports star and Gigi.
Kobe and Gigi were two of the nine passengers killed in the crash, earlier this year.
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Following their deaths, a star-studded memorial was held at the Staples Centre in LA for the pair.
Vanessa spoke at the memorial and broke down in tears as she honoured Kobe and Gigi.
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