On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant would have turned 44. His wife, Vanessa, shared a touching birthday message on Instagram, saying how much she loves and misses him.

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In 2009, the year Kobe won his fourth NBA championship and his first NBA Finals MVP award, Vanessa shared a selfie of herself and her NBA legend husband.

You can see Bryant giving Vanessa a bear hug after the game while sporting his 2009 NBA Championship shirt and hat. They were both beaming.

The 40-year-old wished the infant a happy birthday on Tuesday.

“I love you and miss you so much! #44 ❤️ @kobebryant”

Since the untimely deaths of her husband Kobe, whom she married in April 2001, and her daughter Gigi, Vanessa has been paying tribute to them in a variety of ways. Some of these include getting tattoos in their honour, starting the Mambacita clothing line, and taking her other 3 daughters to Italy, where Kobe was raised.

Vanessa reported visiting Reggio Calabria in July, the city where her spouse had resided since he was around 8 years old.

Of course, Bryant went on to play 20 seasons in the NBA — winning 5 championships and 2 NBA Finals MVP … was an 18-time NBA All-Star, broke numerous records, and is known as one of the best NBA players ever.

Happy Bday, Kobe!

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