Vanessa Bryant breaks silence on Kobe's death

Staff writer

Three days after losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash, Vanessa Bryant has made her first public statement about Kobe and Gianna.

Bryant posted a lengthy statement through Instagram on Wednesday, accompanied by a portrait of her entire family.

In the post, Bryant thanked the millions of people who have shown their support, love and prayers toward the family in the wake of their unthinkable tragedy

"There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now," Bryant said. "I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon."

Bryant also made a subtle change to her account, changing her profile picture to a photo of Kobe and Gianna.