Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant’s sister, Sharia Bryant, on her birthday. The picture she chose showed Sharia Bryant making funny faces with her 3-year-old daughter, Bianka.
“Happy birthday, Sharia. Love you. #tb pic (B.B and my sister-in-law)” Vanessa Bryant captioned the photo.
Within minutes, the photo garnered hundreds of thousands of likes.
The legendary NBA player was killed, along with his daughter, Gianna, 13, during a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26.
The accident included seven other victims: Sarah Chester, 46; Payton Chester, 13; John Altobelli, 57; Keri Altobelli, 36, Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Christina Mauser, 38, and pilot the, 50 -year-old Ara Zobayan.
The group was headed to Thousand Oaks to attend a basketball practice at Bryant’s Mamba Academy. They tragically never made it.
On March 16, Vanessa Bryant filed as the sole successor to Kobe Bryant’s estate, documents obtained by In Touch Weekly revealed. The claim has not been challenged by the NBA legend’s parents.
Vanessa Bryant, 37-year-old, additionally filed documents where she asked the court to appoint her as the guardian for her three daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. If granted, she would be able to manage anything associated with the lawsuit.
The recent filing is in on top of her civil suit against Island Express, the helicopter company that owned the aircraft that crashed.
Vanessa Bryant Mourned Kobe Bryant’s Death on Instagram
Vanessa Bryant, 37, has been active on Instagram since her husband’s untimely death. On February 10, she talked about how heartbroken she was over the death of her partner and her daughter.
“It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone, but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me,” she wrote. “It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live. Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my three daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi, but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri.”
Before wishing her sister-in-law a happy birthday, Vanessa Bryant last posted a picture of herself and her daughters standing in front of a mural that showed the basketball star hugging his daughter, Gianna. They smiled for the picture and Vanessa shared the lyrics from Nat King Cole’s “Smile.”
At Kobe Bryant’s memorial service on February 24, Vanessa Bryant read tributes to her daughter and husband.
“He was thoughtful and always wrote the best love letters and cards, and Gigi had his wonderful ability to express her feelings into paper and make you feel her love through his words. She was thoughtful like him. They were so easy to love. Everybody naturally gravitated towards them. They were funny, happy, silly, and they loved life. They were so full of joy and adventure. God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other. He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi. I got Nati, BiBi and KoKo, and we’re still the best team.”