Fathers across the world are honoring Kobe Bryant by celebrating their relationships with their daughters.

Using the hashtag #GirlDad, men are sharing photos of themselves with their daughters as a way of remembering the 41-year-old NBA legend who recently died along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Everything began with an ESPN segment in honor of Bryant's legacy. In it, anchor Elle Duncan recalled meeting the basketball superstar backstage at an event in New York. Duncan was eight months pregnant at the time, which made Bryant immediately ask how she was doing and whether she knew what she was having.Duncan said that after she told Bryant she was having a girl, he high-fived her saying, "Girls are the best." She then asked him – a father of four daughters – about having more girls in the family. "I would have five more girls if I could," Bryant responded, according to Duncan. "I am a girl dad."

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Pseudo Puppy
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I adore that he stopped the ceremony to check on his little girl. Brilliant decision all-round. I wish them all good things for their futures. <3

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Duncan also recalled how highly Bryant spoke of Gianna, who was dreaming about being a basketball player just like her dad. "He said that middle onewas a monster," Duncan said. "'She's a beast. She's better than I was at her age. She's got it.'"

Holding back her tears, Duncan said she took solace in Bryant enjoying his time with his daughters. "When I reflect on this tragedy and that half hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose the only small source of comfort for me is knowing he died doing what he loved the most: being a dad. Being a girl dad." 

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"blood" and "parent" aren't mutually exclusive. She's a very lucky little human, as you're clearly a very good dad.

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As the hashtag was going viral, Duncan tweeted that she was touched by the reaction of her story and encouraged everyone to keep sharing theirs. "I'm so moved by the outpouring of support behind my story about Kobe," she wrote. "And I love that #girldad is trending.. so for all those proud fathers who still have their girls to love on can you flood my timeline with pics of you and your flock." 

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3 weeks ago

ok im already crying

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Pseudo Puppy
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3 weeks ago

I come from a family of 5 different faiths. I hold no singular one as priority - but I'll put in a good word for you guys, to each of my family's "god"s. <3

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

She is a baseball dad's girl.

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Rebekah
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3 weeks ago

This is perfect.

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

And as a dad's girl is most important the tall she is.

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Amy Frank
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3 weeks ago

What a beautiful daughter

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3 weeks ago

I love the red theme!

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

Sweet, sweet!!!

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Antonia
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3 weeks ago

verrry cool pic !

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Rebekah
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3 weeks ago

Adorable.

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Kim Lee
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3 weeks ago

Awww! His first tweet is to honor his love for his daughter. So sweet!

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That one marvel fan
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3 weeks ago

My favorite!😁

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Antonia
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3 weeks ago

every right to be proud !

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3 weeks ago

Congratulations!

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

They are so sweet!

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

So lovely!

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ktdidit
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3 weeks ago

how gorgeous are these two little ladies!

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Kim Lee
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3 weeks ago

The BEST dad, bringing his daughter to meet Cookie Monster!

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Rebekah
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3 weeks ago

Great smiles.

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Juniper
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3 weeks ago

You also forgot to age. *_*

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

You can see the love!

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

So beautiful!

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Clarebear
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3 weeks ago

Cool! My Dad, Cousin, and Aunt went to Penn State and my Grandparents live in the area! My uncle also works there. I have met him and his daughters.

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

They have the same beautiful smile.

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That one marvel fan
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3 weeks ago

Aww

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Juniper
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3 weeks ago

Wow. The resemblance is uncanny.

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

They are stunning.

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

She is beautiful.

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Ana M
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She is ADORABLE!

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Antonia
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3 weeks ago

proud dad :)

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Ana M
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2 weeks ago

A proud dad.

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Clarebear
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3 weeks ago

Awwwwww! She looks just like me when I was little!

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Ana M
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She is special.

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