Vanessa Bryant makes first public update since tragic death of her late husband and daughter
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Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in a tragic helicopter accident along with seven other victims. 

The world was shocked and heartbroken after the news broke on Sunday, January 26, that Bryant had died at 41. All eyes and hearts went out to Vanessa Bryant, his wife, and their remaining three daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months. 

While she has yet to make a public statement about her devastating loss, Vanessa recently changed her profile picture to a sweet one of Kobe with Gianna. Celebrities and sports stars have been sharing their thoughts and memories of the basketball legend and mourning their loss. 

Bryant changed her profile picture to one of her late husband holding their daughter Gianna. 

Gianna was following in her father's footsteps and loved basketball as much as he did. The two shared a special bond; he even coached her basketball team. This loving photo of the father-daughter duo has been circulating through social media since their death, and now Vanessa has made it her Instagram profile picture.

Sources close to Bryant told People that she's devastated but staying strong for her girls. 

People reported that Bryant has been staying strong for her three girls, but she can't stop crying. Fans are grieving and offering heartfelt condolences to the mother and wife, but she's understandably "devastated." The inside source told People, "She can hardly keep it together. She can’t finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one.”

Vanessa Bryant was such a proud mother and wife, which is evident in her Instagram feed.

The last photo of Kobe and Gianna on Vanessa's Instagram account was of the father and daughter sitting courtside at a Lakers game. The two were en route to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA, for Gianna's basketball game at the time of the crash. Our hearts are with Vanessa Bryant, their daughters, and the rest of the victims' families at this incredibly difficult time.