Kobe Bryant Inspires Fathers Across Social Media to Celebrate Being a #GirlDad -- See the Sweetest Posts
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Kobe Bryant's love for his kids is inspiring other fathers to celebrate their pride for their own daughters.
The NBA star, who was dad to four daughters, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their three other children -- Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
In a touching tribute following Bryant's death, ESPN reporter Elle Duncan remembered the Los Angeles Lakers player gushing two years ago over his then-three daughters.
"He said that his wife, Vanessa, really wanted to try again for a boy, but was sort of jokingly concerned that it would be another girl," she recalled. "And I was like, 'Four girls! Are you joking? What would you think? How would you feel?' And without hesitation, he said, 'I would have five more girls if I could. I'm a girl dad.'"
"He said that his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and that the youngest was a toddler, so TBD," Duncan said, before tearfully describing what Bryant said about GiGi. "But that middle one, he said, 'That middle one was a monster. She's a beast. She's better than I was at her age. She's got it.' That middle one, of course, was GiGi."
"When I reflect on this tragedy and that half an hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose that the only small source of comfort for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved the most, being a dad. Being a girl dad," she concluded.
Per Duncan's request on Twitter, fans, celebs and more posted photos of themselves with their daughters and the hashtag, "#girldad."
"#girldad I LOVE YOU SHAI," Bow Wow captioned a photo of himself with his daughter on Instagram.