Lifestyle Pets Vanessa Bryant Announces Death of Beloved Family Dog Crucio: 'Thank You for Everything Sweet Boy' "We're going to miss you," Vanessa Bryant wrote alongside a series of shots of her family's late canine companion By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 12, 2022 11:32AM EST Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Vanessa Bryant/Instagram Vanessa Bryant is mourning the loss of her beloved family dog, Crucio. On Friday evening, Bryant, 39, announced the news of Crucio's death in an Instagram post, which featured a carousel of photographs of her late canine companion. "We love you, Crucio," Bryant began the caption of her tribute post. "Thank you for everything sweet boy." "Thank you for watching over us. We're going to miss you," she continued, adding the hashtags, "#GoodBoy" and "#RestEasy." Vanessa Bryant Talks 'Elevating' Playing Field for Girls in Sports in Honor of Kobe and Gianna In the comments section, the mother of four and wife of the late Kobe Bryant received an outpouring of support from some of her famous friends. "So sorry Vanessa ❤️ we all love you ❤️❤️🙏🙏💔💔," wrote Kris Jenner as Lily Collins said, "We're sending you so so much love ❤️." Vanessa Bryant/Instagram Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. Last month, Vanessa shared a heartwarming video of time spent with Crucio amid an emotional moment. In the clip, Vanessa can be seen lying in bed with her pet as tears roll down her face. As she plants a kiss on the dog's head, Crucio then licks Vanessa's face, before she smooches him one more time. "🐶❤️Crucio (always tries to lick my tears). ❤️," she captioned the clip. In June 2020, months after Vanessa lost husband Kobe and daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash that also killed seven others, she revealed that her family had welcomed another dog into their brood. Vanessa Bryant Goes as Cruella with Daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri as Dalmatians for Halloween In addition to late daughter Gianna, Vanessa is also mom to Natalia, 19, Bianka, 5, and Capri, 2 — all of whom she shared with Kobe. "Love seeing my girls smile. Meet Bobby. Aka Bobby ganoush, bobbyrooni, bobbooshka. J/k he's named after iceman from x-men (blue eyes)❄️ Plus, BB said so. 😎," Vanessa wrote alongside an image of Natalia holding the new dog.