Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, wrote Wednesday that "there aren't enough words to describe our pain right now" as part of her first public statement since the deaths of her husband and daughter in a weekend helicopter crash.
Her post on Instagram also expressed sorrow for the families of the seven other people who perished in the crash Sunday morning in Calabasas, Calif. She announced that a fund has been set up through the Mamba Sports Foundation to assist the families of those victims.
Vanessa Bryant also wrote in the post that Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were "our beautiful blessings taken away from us too soon."
"I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, both knew that they were so deeply loved," she wrote (per an image posted by ESPN's Rachel Nichols).
Kobe and Gianna Bryant were killed when the helicopter in which they were riding crashed into a remote hillside in Calabasas. They were en route to a basketball game that 13-year-old Gianna was scheduled to play. Six other passengers and the pilot were on board the aircraft when it went down in foggy conditions.