Vanessa Bryant changes Instagram profile picture to image of Kobe and Gianna

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday in California.

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By Minyvonne Burke

Kobe Bryant's wife changed her Instagram profile picture to a touching photo of the NBA superstar embracing their daughter Gianna, both of whom were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas, California.

Vanessa Bryant made the change Wednesday while also changing her account from private to public.

Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter, Gianna, at a game in Toronto in 2016.Elsa / Getty Images file

In the photo, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant is seen with her arms around her father's neck, both of them smiling at each other.

The picture of the father and daughter was snapped at a game in Toronto in 2016, the same year Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA.

The former Los Angeles Lakers player, 41, and Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when the Sikorsky S-76B chopper they were on crashed into a hillside Sunday after departing from the John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

The helicopter was headed to Camarillo Airport in Ventura County, near the basketball legend's Mamba Sports Academy.

In addition to them, others who died in the crash were Ara Zobayan, 49, the pilot; Christina Mauser, 38, an assistant basketball coach at Mamba Sports Academy; John Altobelli, 56, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa; his wife, Keri Altobelli, 46; their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, 13; Payton Chester, 13, who played on the academy's basketball teams; and her mother, Sarah Chester, 45.

Vanessa Bryant has yet to publicly comment on the deaths of her husband and daughter. The couple married in 2001 and have three other daughters together, Natalia, 17; Bianka, 3; and Capri, 7 months.