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Vanessa Bryant honors late husband Kobe on 19th wedding anniversary

Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Saturday to pay tribute to her late husband, Kobe, on the 19th anniversary of the couple's wedding.

With Saturday marking the 19th anniversary of her wedding -- and first since Kobe Bryant's tragic death -- Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late husband.

Sharing a picture of Kobe holding her when they were younger, Vanessa Bryant wrote, "My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary baby. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you."

Bryant also shared a video of Kobe answering a question during an interview with MTV in 2001 -- the year they got married -- in which the Los Angeles Lakers superstar answered a question about what made Vanessa "the one."

“You know, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes a person the one for you, but you just know,” he said. ”Love is a funny thing. I can’t explain it and I can’t understand it. All I know is, she caught my heart and I just knew that she was the one.”

The 5-time NBA champion went on to add that he believed he and Vanessa -- who went on to have four daughters together -- would make "cool ass parents."

In January, Bryant and the couple's 13-year-old daughter Gianna were two of nine people to die in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Kobe and Gianna's untimely deaths sent a shockwave through the sports and entertainment worlds and resulted in an outpouring of support in the months that have followed.

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