vanessa and kobe

Vanessa Bryant is honoring Kobe Bryant on his 43rd birthday by posting a heartfelt message to her late husband … saying she will love him forever.

The tributes have been pouring in for the NBA legend on Monday … with the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Wilson and more sharing messages of love.

Vanessa shared a picture of the couple kissing and posing with the Larry O’Brien trophy after winning one of his 5 championships on Instagram just minutes ago … saying, "Happy birthday, Papi. Te Amo por siempre. Amor Eterno. ❤️💔 43."

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020 … and Vanessa has previously opened up on the "unimaginable" pain she’s gone through since the accident.

Kobe and Vanessa -- The Cute Couple

"Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again," Vanessa told back in March … "But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do."

RIP Black Mamba.