Kobe Bryant’s wife shares letter from Gianna’s friend one year after death

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Vanessa Bryant has shared a heartbreaking letter she has received on the anniversary of the death of her husband NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Kobe died alongside his daughter Gianna, and seven others, in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles last year.

He was a five-time NBA champion and died at the age of 41, while Gianna was just 13 when the accident happened.

His wife Vanessa has now shared an emotional letter from her late daughter’s best friend Aubrey.

Posting the letter on Instagram, Vanessa wrote: "Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey. I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you).”

The letter certainly pulls on the heartstrings, talking about some of the fun times Aubrey spent with Gianna.

Part of the letter read: “There are times I get into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could’ve accomplished had she had a couple more years.

“But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth.

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“Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider there [sic] opinions, she along with Mr Bryant, set the wheels in motion.

“But on a lower level, on behalf of every person who came across her, I can say that she changed our lives.

“Her simple actions made all of us a better person, and I believe that the results of this will never stop appearing.”

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While another section added: “You have probably heard this, but if I ever become a mom, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did.

“She was kind, caring and endlessly polite. I remember sitting with her at lunch in second grade as she taught us to not eat while we talked.

“Yet this was not a snotty teaching, she was not correcting us, but helping us be better versions of ourselves.”

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