Vanessa Bryant pays emotional tribute to daughter Gianna on her 14th birthday

Vanessa Bryant has wished her late daughter Gianna a happy birthday on the day the teenager would have turned 14.

Gianna and her father Kobe Bryant were killed in a tragic helicopter accident in January along with nine other people.null

The group were travelling near Calabasas, Los Angeles when the chopper crashed into a hillside during heavy fog.

Widow Vanessa, who is also mum to Natalia, Capri and Bianka, took to Instagram on Gianni’s birthday to pay tribute.

In the heartbreaking message, Vanessa said she missed everything about her girl, known affectionately as Gigi, and that she wished she could wake up and have her there with her on her special day.

Alongside a smiling photo of the teenager at Disneyland, Vanessa 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. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!!”

The deaths of Gianni and Bryant, one of the world’s most admired sports figures, prompted an outpouring of shock and grief from fans and fellow athletes around the globe when the news broke in January.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers forward had been on his way to a youth basketball tournament in which he was coaching Gianni and two other girls aboard the luxury chopper were due to compete.

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