A source who is close with the Bryant family tells ET, “Vanessa is completely shocked and heartbroken but is trying to stay as strong as she can in front of her children. Vanessa married Kobe when she was 18 and never expected to live her life without him, and that is going to take time."
“She has been surrounded by her family and friends but she feels almost numb to everything,” the source continues. "She is thankful for the outpouring of love her and her family has received and will respond when she’s ready. Right now she’s taking time to be with her girls.”
As ET previously confirmed, Kobe and Gianna (Gigi) died on Sunday following a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. They were two of nine people on board the flight, all of whom died as a result of the crash.
The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers star has been mourned around the globe by friends, celebrities, and athletes alike.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, 17-year-old Natalia, 3-year-old Bianka, and 7-month-old Capri.