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Jessica Simpson shares picture taken from her backyard just moments after Kobe Bryant's fatal crash


After a devastating helicopter crash killed 9 people, including NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter on Sunday, Jessica Simpson shared a touching image from her backyard.

In the shot, captured by her husband Eric Johnson, sunshine peered through the dark clouds on the foggy day.

‘Eric took this photo from our backyard right after the accident happened where Kobe, his daughter, and other beautiful souls were lifted up to be with God for eternity,’ she captioned the image before detailing her grief over the tragedy.

Too close to home: The Open Book author revealed she could see and hear ¿emergency helicopters flying over our house¿ and immediately ¿felt the loss.¿

Too close to home: The Open Book author revealed she could see and hear ‘emergency helicopters flying over our house’ and immediately ‘felt the loss.’

The Open Book author revealed she could see and hear ‘emergency helicopters flying over our house’ and immediately ‘felt the loss.’

‘I felt the power in the sky of the heavens parting to make room for the greatest of angels to rise. My heart is completely broken for all the families and loved ones left behind trying to make sense of things in this tragic moment,’ she continued.

The mother of three turned the focus of her heartfelt post to his wife of 19 years writing, ‘Vanessa, you are the woman and wife that championed your husband to greatness. My prayers are constant for everyone affected by this impactful loss.’

In her prayers: ¿Vanessa, you are the woman and wife that championed your husband to greatness. My prayers are constant for everyone affected by this impactful loss,' Simpson wrote

In her prayers: ‘Vanessa, you are the woman and wife that championed your husband to greatness. My prayers are constant for everyone affected by this impactful loss,’ Simpson wrote 

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On Monday it was revealed Bryant’s helicopter pilot was given a special clearance to fly under foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers.

Among those killed in the crash were John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California’s Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, said Altobelli’s brother, Tony, who is the sports information director at the school. 

Another young player, Payton Chester, was also killed in the crash along with her mother Sarah Chester.

Hard day: In June, Jessica¿s son 6-year-old Ace had a Lakers-themed bash, which was decked out in the team¿s signature colors purple and yellows, showing the family¿s loyalty

Hard day: In June, Jessica’s son 6-year-old Ace had a Lakers-themed bash, which was decked out in the team’s signature colors purple and yellows, showing the family’s loyalty

Lakers fan: The Simpson family has shown their love for the Lakers for years, most recently at their son's birthday

Lakers fan: The Simpson family has shown their love for the Lakers for years, most recently at their son’s birthday

The Simpson family has shown their love for the Lakers for years, most recently at their son’s birthday.  

In June, Jessica’s son 6-year-old Ace had a Lakers-themed bash, which was decked out in the team’s signature colors purple and yellows, showing the family’s loyalty. 

In the picture, Ace can be seen blowing out a single candle on his basketball hoop cake with a sweatband around his head. The festivities also featured candy and matching balloons in the team’s colors.

A moment of silence: Kobe and his late daughter Gianna were honored at Grammys in emotional tribute, as host Alicia Keys said, ¿Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero

A moment of silence: Kobe and his late daughter Gianna were honored at Grammys in emotional tribute, as host Alicia Keys said, ‘Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero

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The superstar’s death shocked the world yesterday, with thousands of fans arriving to mourn the Lakers legend outside Staples Center, where his two jerseys hang from the rafters. 

Kobe and his late daughter Gianna were honored at Grammys in emotional tribute, as host Alicia Keys said, ‘Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. We’re literally standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built.’

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but conditions at the time were such that the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff’s department grounded their helicopters.



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