Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Gigi, would have turned 18 on Wednesday… and the basketball legend’s wife, Vanessa, is paying tribute to her late child with a heartfelt message, stating she continues to inspire countless people every day.

“Happy birthday to my gorgeous girl, Gigi!” Vanessa commented on Instagram. “I love you.” I miss you. “I’m very proud of you.”

Vanessa’s article is very devastating, as she laments what Gigi would be going through at this time in her life: high school graduation and college options.

“2024 was your year,” Vanessa continued.

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“I’m happy of the changes in sports you and your father worked so hard to make. You continue to motivate and inspire young women and girls every day.

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Kobe and Gigi were among the nine passengers killed in a helicopter accident on January 26, 2020, a tragedy that still feels surreal to this day.

As previously reported, Kobe (41), Gigi (13), John Altobelli (56), Keri Altobelli (46), Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester (45), Payton Chester (13), Christina Mauser (38) and the pilot, Ara Zobayan (50), were killed in the disaster.

Vanessa also included a video with her letter, which featured highlights of Gigi’s time with the Bryant family over the years.

“I love you always, Mommy. #PlayGigisWay #Mambacita Forever, #18.