Victoria Beckham has paid an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna following their tragic deaths in a deadly helicopter crash on Sunday, 26 January.
Basketball legend Kobe, alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed along with seven others when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
Paying tribute to tragic Kobe and daughter Gianna, Victoria wrote on Instagram: “This tragic loss struck us exhausting as a household. Kobe Bryant was an unbelievable determine on and off the courtroom, a buddy to David and decided to encourage the following technology.
“The lack of a daughter and husband is unthinkable for any father or mother and spouse.
“David, myself and our household ship all our like to Vanessa, the opposite ladies and the households of those who had been tragically misplaced with Kobe yesterday x VB.”
Victoria’s husband David has additionally paid tribute to Kobe, calling him a “particular athlete, husband, father and buddy”, alongside a black-and-white picture of the father-of-four he share on his Instagram.
David wrote: “It’s taken me hours to work out what to jot down and nonetheless my phrases received’t ever be sufficient to explain how I’m feeling after the tragic lack of Kobe. This was one particular athlete, husband, father and buddy.
“Having to jot down these phrases is difficult sufficient but additionally understanding we’ve got misplaced a tremendous human being and his stunning and gifted daughter Gianna is heartbreaking. The dedication Kobe confirmed to his sport was inspiring, to undergo the ache and to complete a sport off like solely he might impressed me to attempt to be higher.
“Typically I’d solely go to video games simply to observe that clock go right down to the final 2:00 minutes understanding that we had been about to witness one thing particular. Kobe all the time talked about Vanessa and his stunning ladies and the way proud he was of them.
“Kobe’s ardour was his household and basketball. He was decided to encourage the following technology of girls and boys to embrace the game that he cherished. His legacy will reside on. My household’s love and prayers exit to Vanessa and the women, to Kobe’s basketball household, and naturally to the households of those that had been tragically misplaced with him yesterday…”
It was confirmed that former LA Lakers star Kobe, 41, who received 5 NBA championships throughout his unbelievable profession, was a passenger on the non-public Sikorsky S-75 helicopter.
Representatives for the sportsman later confirmed that his daughter, often called Gigi, was additionally a passenger.
The chopper is reported to have had a fireplace escape on board earlier than it crashed on Sunday morning.
Superstar information website reported TMZ: “Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was additionally on board the helicopter and died within the crash … reps for Kobe inform TMZ Sports activities. She was 13.
“We’re advised they had been on their solution to the Mamba Academy for a basketball follow when the crash occurred. The Academy is in close by Thousand Oaks.”
It was later confirmed that Kobe’s spouse, Vanesa Bryant, was not a passenger on the helicopter.
Tributes for the Kobe and his daughter have poured in from celebrities and sports activities stars, together with a “shaking” Khloe Kardashian.
Actress Reese Witherspoon mentioned: “Simply devastated to listen to about #KobeBryant .A unprecedented athlete, and a genuinely form, great man. Sending love, prayers & compassion to his household. To his whole @NBA household as properly.”
Mindy Kaling posted a tribute to the late basketball star as she wrote: “#KobeBryant you had been the best. You made our metropolis and the remainder of the world so proud. Each basketball fan knew the magnificence of the Mamba. Love and therapeutic to Vanessa and people little ladies. God, that is simply the worst ever.”
Kendall Jenner mentioned: “Relaxation peacefully Kobe, Gigi & the remainder of the passengers we misplaced at present. my coronary heart really goes out to all of the households. give a giant hug to the individuals you like at present.”