Kobe Bryant Inspires Fathers Across Social Media to Celebrate Being a #GirlDad -- See the Sweetest Posts

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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.

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@fashionnovamen #girldad I LOVE YOU SHAI

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Timbaland posted, "❤️❤️❤️my babe reign #girldad."

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❤️❤️❤️my babe reign #girldad

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A little over a month ago my Dad was pronounced dead at the hospital, then they told us if he ever woke up his brain function would be close to 0. He is now fully recovered and got to hold his granddaughter for the first time this week. Time and life is so fragile and you never know when your clock will hit double zeros. I am beyond blessed to have them in my life and the most amazing mother to my daughter. At the end we’re all “Just Visiting” and our time here should be making it better with love and dedication to family and work. I’m so blessed by many things and being a “Girl Dad” like Kobe Bryant said is my greatest accomplishment. Give the people around you hugs, smiles, and light. ❤️

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Proud to be a #girldad

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