Vanessa Bryant Pens Message to Kobe Bryant on What Would've Been His 44th Birthday

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On August 23, Vanessa shared a vintage photo of herself hugging the late Los Angeles Lakers great after his team won the 2009 NBA Championship to honour his special day.

She wrote in the Instagram post's caption, "Happy birthday, baby." "I miss you very much and I adore you! #44."

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Kobe received birthday wishes from a number of celebrities in the comments area of Vanessa's post, including the singer Monica, who wished him a "Happy Birthday," and the supermodel Naomi Campbell, who added multiple red heart and cake emojis.

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Lisa Leslie, a former WNBA player, said, "Happy Birthday, King Kobe," while Khloe Kardashian wished Vanessa a happy birthday and offered her support. I adore you, V!"

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Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people perished in a helicopter crash while en route to a basketball competition at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, more than two years ago.

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Since then, Vanessa has worked to preserve Kobe's memory for their other three daughters—Natalia, 19, Bianka, 5, and Capri, 3—through various initiatives.

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She brought the girls to Italy's metropolis last month. While his father played basketball, Kobe grew up there. Vanessa wrote in the description of a carousel of Instagram images from the trip posted on July 18: "Visited Reggio Calabria, a city my husband lived in when he was about 8 years old.

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Bianka and Capri, both wearing pink and white outfits, are seen posing together in the street in one of the pictures. In addition to sharing beautiful landscapes, Vanessa also included pictures of the buildings and coastline of the coastal city.

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The mother of four, who is suing Los Angeles County after some of its sheriff's deputies and firefighters posted unauthorised images from the horrific helicopter accident, is juggling raising her four daughters while also dealing with the repercussions of the loss of her husband and daughter.

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According to the Aug. 3 defendants' trial brief, which E! News was able to receive, Vanessa is requesting damages for mental distress related to the unauthorised photographs, while Los Angeles County contends that her lawsuit is without legal foundation.

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Vanessa claimed during her testimony on August 19 that she now experiences daily fear as a result of her desire to protect her girls from seeing the horrifying images. She said, "All you want to do is protect your babies."

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