Vanessa Bryant publicly acknowledges Kobe and Gianna's deaths for the first time

Vanessa Bryant publicly acknowledges Kobe and Gianna's deaths for the first time

Vanessa Bryant has seemingly publicly acknowledged the shocking deaths of her husband, Kobe, and her daughter, Gianna.

In a subtle move on her Instagram account, which had been made private on Sunday, the day of the helicopter crash, Vanessa changed her profile photo to a picture of Kobe and Gianna embracing. The snap, per TMZ, is from Kobe's final NBA All-Star Game appearance in Toronto in 2016.

Vanessa has yet to release an official statement or post on her social media accounts since the tragedy. She's also turned off comments on her Instagram posts.

Kobe and Gianna were two of the nine victims in Sunday's devastating helicopter crash, which also claimed the lives of pilot Ara Zobayan, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and Christina Mauser. The chopper was on its way to a basketball game at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks before it crashed into a mountainside amid low visibility weather.

Vanessa and Kobe got married in 2001. They were also the parents to three other daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Kobe and Gianna's heartbreaking deaths prompted a period of international mourning, with tributes pouring in on social media for the father-daughter duo and the other victims. Several dads were inspired by Kobe's dedication to fatherhood and are sharing photos with their own daughters using the trending #GirlDad hashtag.