Monica Shares Never-Before-Seen Photos Of Kobe Bryant Along With Personal Stories About His Daughter, Gianna Bryant, In This Moving Tribute
Singer Monica is a very close friend of Kobe Bryant and his entire family, which is why the shocking news of his passing devastated her.
Kobe and his teen daughter, Gianna, and several other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning.
The legendary basketball star is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters -- Natalia, Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.
Monica, who shared personal videos of Kobe with her sons, explained he was a brother to her and a mentor to her children.
She paid tribute to Gianna and reached out to Kobe's wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant.
Monica had this to say: "Gigi, I know your safe place has always been in your father's arms, may he forever hold you close... Gigi, thank you... Thank You for your infectious smile, kind heart, warm hugs, teaching me board games & for allowing me to be the one loud Aunt at your games !! You and your siblings are the greatest pieces of your father's legacy... Kob, I assumed we had forever to debate like brother & sister, or for me to play you the latest rap records, but I thank you so deeply for encouraging my children for being so selfless to those you loved. I remember crying to you when my nephew was injured & you are grabbing my phone to record messages to him... Or lifting Romelo to check his tie... You gave so much if yourself on & off the court ... True humanitarian, husband & father first. You touched the world with your abilities, but you touched my life with your heart! I Love You and GiGi FOREVER #TheGreatest #Kobe #BlackMambaAndBabyMamba #Forever ..... I’ll never leave V or the girls' side.🖤"
One fan had this to say: "Mo❤️ so thankful V has someone like you to hold her and the girls and be there at this terrible time 🙏🏼"
This backer replied: "So beautiful, Mo!! I’m so very sorry!! This is devastating!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
So touching and heartfelt...❤️ Thank you, Ms. Monica! 💯🙏🏽"
Tiny Harris explained: "Damn sis...this is so sad! I know u are messed up cause I know how close you are to him & his family. ❤️ you much!!"
Another person claimed: "Your words/memories about him and Gianna are so beautiful ❤️I miss that man already!! He was so fearless and inspiring to us all!! RIP KOBE & GIGI #DieHardKobeFan #LakerGang 💜💛🕊🙏🏻💔"
This follower stated: "😭😭😭😭 This touched me deeply praying for Vanessa, Natalia, Bianki & Capri 💔💔."
Monica's ex-husband, Shannon Brown, has played with Kobe.