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Shaquille O'Neal, His Ex-Wife, Shaunie, And Their Children Pay Loving Tribute To Uncle Kobe Byrant And Gianna

Shaquille O'Neal, His Ex-Wife, Shaunie, And Their Children Pay Loving Tribute To Uncle Kobe Byrant And Gianna
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Following the unexpected deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, many fans were left devastated by the shocking loss of the NBA legend.

Among those was Shaquille O’Neal, who was Bryant’s teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers for many years, and close ones, such as his former wife, Shaunie O’Neal, and daughter Me’arah Sanaa O’Neal.

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I knew y’all was watching over me! i was trying my best to impress both of you, going so hard till i can’t breath no more! Right after this game... I ran over too you Unc ... just wondering what i was gonna say or do. U told me my game was looking great. U told me i was better then good enough to make it. U told me to get in the gym with you. U told me so many honorable things, it’s hard to even think about it Thank you Unc, Please watch over me, you’ll always be with me! both of you! forever and always

Shaunie expressed her mourning for the great basketball player and his 13-year-old child by sharing a photograph on Instagram that was reportedly taken only one day before the tragic helicopter crash, which took the lives of the Bryants and seven more people.

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In the picture, Kobe and Gigi could be seen standing among the audience of a stadium and watching a basketball game together, in which Me’arah was playing.

Apparently, the daughter of Shaquille O’Neal was very close to Gianna, and the two of them have been good friends because Me’arah reposted the photo of Gigi and Kobe on her Instagram page as well.

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my twin. what’s crazy is, ur like my sister, we was born on the same exact day, we was like family! I wish we could’ve had a better bond and could’ve played together along side you, and ur dad .. I love you GiGi, i’m sorry that it had to end this way, I never got to say goodbye . I love you, ur legacy will go on ❤️ imma represent you in every way i can! . We gone finish what you started ❤️

The devastated girl also wrote that during the game, she knew they were watching over her, and she was trying her best to impress both of them.

In a second post, which was meant to express her mourning for Gianna, Me’arah referred to Gigi as her “twin,” because they grew up together and were born on the same day. Me’arah also stated she would represent her late friend in every way she could and finish what she started.

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I’m at loss of words! never would’ve thought i would have to write this sooo soon! Gigi! You are my sister from another mother! We have the same birthday, born the exact same day, same time ! I love you way too much! and i will never understand why! Why you had to go so soonnn! Kobe... i’m speechless.. I just saw you yesterday, you was checking in on me and the family! Like a uncle was supposed to be! U were truly the best, and my favorite out of all. I was playing in your gym when i heard the news, i can’t explain the pain, it took me a minute to let it out ! This is crazy! feels like it’s a dream! Everything i do here on out! For both of y’all! Y’all is family forever! Fly high ❤️ Love y’all both to death!

Meanwhile, Me’arah’s brother, 20-year-old Shareef O’Neal, who is also an aspiring basketball player, posted a mourning message on social media.

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Smiling because my last move set up the next move! Making history one day at a time! #Momof5 #Entrepreneur #ExecutiveProducer #DrewLeague #Basketballwives #CanabisQueen #WhatsNextJustWaitAndSee

One fan said this: “Hey Sis been praying for you and you’re family and continue to send you GOD’s Love and mine❤❤.”

This backer claimed: “May his soul rest in power — a great soul. Good person. So much impact. ❤”

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you’ll always be with me❤️

This follower revealed: “@shaunieoneal5 I’m so sorry! I can not imagine what your family is going through! I love you! I’m broken! ”

A fourth wrote: “The world is heartbroken. We all love Kobe….and to see Big @shaq breaking down is just a whole different level a pain. As a fan, we watch these men put their bodies threw unthinkable stress and strain. Family time sacrificed For the Love of the Game but as a fan, we don’t always understand that these are still human beings and to lose this man in the turn of the century is completely unbelievable I send my prayers to everyone that is hurting at this time God bless the families that have lost a mother a father a daughter a son a sister a brother an aunt Uncle a cousin and most of all an icon RIP Kobe Bryant 824.”

Shaq’s emotional reaction has gone viral.