Vanessa Bryant Posts Loving Tribute for Late Husband

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If there's anyone who's proven to us what true love is, it's none other than the late Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa. It's already been months since the NBA legend was taken from us, but you can count on his loyal wife to keep his memory alive...

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Over the weekend, the widowed mother took to social media to pay tribute to what would have been Mamba's 42nd birthday. Safe to say, I'd go grab the Kleenex if I were you, because her tribute was just as bittersweet as you expected it to be.

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"To my baby. Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain," Bryant wrote. “I wish I could make your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud a** deep laugh."

But while the mourning wife and her family are struggling through these dark times, Vanessa wants her followers, like you and me, to know that there is, indeed, light, at the end of that tunnel.

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"As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters' days shine a little brighter," she explained. "I love you, for now, forever, and for always," Vanessa finished off the letter.

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While the Bryant family - and the NBA family - lost a legend long before his time, one thing's for sure: Kobe and his cherished memory will live on forever.