Kobe Bryant is being remembered by his family and friends on what would have been his 43rd birthday.
On Monday, a number of stars took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary NBA star, who died alongside his daughter, Gianna, in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020. Gianna was 13.
Vanessa Bryant shared a beautiful photo on Instagram, of her and her late husband embracing in a kiss. “Happy birthday, Papi,” she captioned it. “Te Amo por siempre. Amor Eterno. ❤️💔 43.”
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Others, like Mindy Kaling, explained how Kobe has played a part in their impacting their lives.
“Happy birthday Kobe. I’m reminded of your impact daily,” The Office alum wrote. “For instance, here is a picture of my daughter at ballet when she refused to take off your jersey and put on her leotard and tutu.”
Happy birthday Kobe. I’m reminded of your impact daily. For instance, here is a picture of my daughter at ballet when she refused to take off your jersey and put on her leotard and tutu. pic.twitter.com/FVR8BZQkGf
Ciara also thanked the former Los Angeles Lakers star for “the inspiration you continually give us, and how you Love Your Queens!”
“Celebrating You every day!” she added. “Forever in our hearts. 💜💛.”
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Meanwhile, Kobe’s 18-year-old daughter, Natalia, kept her post simple, sharing a photo of the two and the caption, “Happy Birthday Daddy.”
A post shared by n a t a l i a ✨ (@nataliabryant)
“Happy Birthday brother,” Carmelo Anthony added in his own post.
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See more tributes below:
Happy birthday, Kobe. Mamba Forever. 🇺🇸🐍 pic.twitter.com/y1roftIVnn
Kobe Bryant would have turned 43 today.
Thinking of his family and friends, and hoping that happy memories prevail on what will be an emotional day for them. pic.twitter.com/zUSgs61QV1
Happy birthday, Kobe. Miss you brother 🐍💛💜 #MambaForever
Happy birthday to one of my heroes. The man the myth the legend. The always imitated. Never duplicated. Under appreciated and surprisingly STILL underrated. Smh. Lol. Our fallen King Laker. We love you. We miss you. But we still feel you here with us. Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant pic.twitter.com/GQgDRp4Sog
Miss you Kobe.
Happy Birthday Mamba. 💜💛🐍
#8 #24 pic.twitter.com/8oqbRdZ8E7
Black Mamba. Hall of Famer. Girl Dad.
Happy Birthday, Kobe 🖤 pic.twitter.com/nUs6HwyjqR
Happy Birthday to the late Kobe Bryant:
◾ 18-time All-Star
◾ 15-time All-NBA
◾ 9-time All-Defensive First Team
◾ 5-time NBA champion
◾ 4-time All-Star Game MVP
◾ 2-time scoring champion
◾ 4th-most career points in NBA history
The legend would've turned 43 today ⚫🐍 pic.twitter.com/OCLVOfPD6T
Team USA singing "Happy Birthday" to Kobe will always be special ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gI2kWxI24G
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