Vanessa Bryant pays tribute to late daughter Gigi on her 14th birthday

In a separate message linked to a shot of the smiling teen, Vanessa gushed: "Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Red means love and life", wrote Vanessa.

'I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. Today, May 1, would've been her 14th birthday.

The widow of legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant, who lost her husband and their daughter Gianna in a tragic helicopter crash in January, urged followers to join her in paying tribute to the teenager on Friday in a heartbreaking post. Mommy love and misses you more than I could ever express.

To honor her late daughter, Vanessa shared a picture of Gianna and wrote an emotional birthday tribute to her daughter in the caption.

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"Please use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay Thank you". I wish I could hold you and tell you how proud I am of you. "I miss you so much everyday".

Many believe that Bryant would have gone on to have a successful basketball career like her father, and the WNBA made her an honorary pick at this year's draft in April.

It's been roughly three months since Kobe and Gianna Bryant both passed away.

Gianna loved life and the game of basketball as much as her father did, and not only did she follow in Kobe's footsteps, she sought to carve out her own legacy, though she tragically never got the chance. And so the grieving wife and mother chose to honor her late daughter's birthday in her memory, posting a touching message and an adorable photo to Instagram early Friday morning. I will miss your sweet handmade cards, your sweet kisses and your gorgeous smile.

  • Michelle Webb