'Missing you': Vanessa Bryant's beautiful Valentine's Day tribute to Kobe

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Vanessa Bryant has posted a touching message to her late husband Kobe Bryant for Valentine’s Day.

Set to hip hop legend Lauryn Hill’s ‘Tell Him’, Bryant penned a short, but incredibly sweet, message to the late NBA great and father of her four children.

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“To my forever Valentine, I love you so much,” she captioned a picture of the couple.

“Missing you so much on your favourite holiday. Te amo per sempre.

“Kisses to you and Gigi in heaven.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, my babies. With all my love, your boo-boo.”

Kobe and their 13-year old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Califoria, which also claimed the lives of seven other passengers, as well as the pilot.

Friends of the Bryant family filled the comments section with messages of support, including Khloe Kardashian and WNBA legend Swin Cash.

“I love you V! Your love will last forever and always,” Kardashian commented.

“A forever love V! Sending you love & light,” was Cash’s contribution.

Basketball Hall of Fame nod for Kobe Bryant

Ahead of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, Kobe Bryant headlined a particularly star-studded group of players to be inducted as part of the 2020 class.

The initial class of seven inductees was announced in December last year, but Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo added Bryant to the list after his death as a mark of respect for the five-time NBA champion.

Vanessa Bryant, left, posted a heartfelt Valentine's Day message to her late husband Kobe on Instagram. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

Bryant joins San Antonio legend Tim Duncan, Boston Celtics champion Kevin Garnett and and WNBA great Tamika Catchings, as well as Kim Mulkey, Rudy Tomjanovich, Barbara Stevens and Eddie Sutton.

“When the nominees for the Class of 2020 were announced in December, we knew this class had the potential of being one of the most historic of all time,” Colangelo said.

“The untimely passing of Kobe Bryant has left us in a state of reflective mourning and we’re proud to honour his legacy while also recognising seven other individuals who have meant so much to our game.

“We congratulate our finalists and those who have supported them on their journeys.”