Jessica Simpson shares photo from backyard after Kobe’s tragic crash on hill nearby

Cape Town - A grief-stricken Jessica Simpson shared a touching image from her house just hours after NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter accident.

She captioned the shot, taken by her husband, "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."

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The 35-year-old mom of three added 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.

She then turned her attention to Kobe’s 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."

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Among those killed were John Altobelli (56), long-time 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 Kobe’s daughter, Gianni, who also died in the crash.

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

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(Sources: Channel24, Instagram)