VANESSA Bryant shared a heartfelt post dedicated to her late husband Kobe and daughter Gianna as she celebrated her youngest daughter’s first birthday this weekend.
Vanessa, 38, took to Instagram to acknowledge the occasion almost five months after the death of the basketball player and their 13-year-old child.
The beautiful picture showed Vanessa and Kobe dressed in all white as they cradled their newborn daughter Capri in June 2019.
Vanessa captioned the post: “Happy 1st Birthday Capri! Mommy, Daddy, Nani, Gigi and BB love you SO much!!! God Bless you sweet princess.
“Capri Kobe Bryant a.k.a. ‘Koko-Bean’ named after her dearly missed daddy, Kobe Bean Bryant. We miss you SO much Gigi and Daddy.”
Vanessa’s friends and followers were quick to comment on the photo and send their wishes.
Khloé Kardashian wrote: “Happy birthday sweet KoKo,” while her mom Kris Jenner added: “Happy Birthday sweet girl.”
Grey’s Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo left a series of red heart emojis, while TV presenter Mario Lopez commented: “HBD Capri!”
Vanessa’s post comes after she called on Congress to pass the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act.
The widow believes the bill will help prevent future helicopter accidents, like the one that killed Kobe and Gigi in January.
The bill, which was introduced by Democratic lawmakers on Thursday, would mandate all helicopters that carry six or more passengers are equipped with a Terrain Awareness and Warning System, a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
“I strongly urge that the United States Congress pass a federal law that would improve the safety of helicopters operating in this country,” Vanessa Bryant said in a statement via CNN.
She continued: “I believe there is a chance that Kobe and Gianna would still be alive today if their helicopter had been equipped with the safety equipment required by this pending federal legislation.”
Similar legislation was introduced in January by California Representative Brad Sherman following the tragic crash that killed Kobe, Gianna, and six others outside of Los Angeles.
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It was later updated after the Bryant family contacted the relevant lawmakers to say they supported the effort.
“Having Kobe’s and Gianna’s names associated with this federal law that has the potential to save countless lives would be a fitting tribute to their memory,” Vanessa said.It’s believed the foggy weather conditions disoriented the pilot Ara Zobayan and caused the fatal crash on January 26, according to an ongoing investigation.
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