Vanessa Bryant wishes Kobe a happy 19th wedding anniversary on Instagram

Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary Saturday.
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Vanessa Bryant celebrated the 19th anniversary of her wedding to her late husband, former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, on Saturday by posting a photo of the couple and a heartfelt message on Instagram.

“My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,” she wrote.


Kobe and oldest daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a January helicopter crash.

Gianna, along with her teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also perished in the crash, were honored during Friday’s WNBA draft as honorary picks.

Vannesa recorded a tearful message for the broadcast, saying Gianna getting drafted into the WNBA “would have been a dream come true for her.”