The world was shocked on January 26 by the tragic news of basketball player Kobe Bryant's death.
The Sunday morning helicopter crash also took the lives of his daughter Gianna and 7 other people.
The sports world has been rocked by the loss, with many giving touching tributes to Bryant, who's recognized as one of the best basketball players of all time.
One of the most touching messages, however, was delivered by Elle Duncan of ESPN.
Celebrities like Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres and John Legend are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant after his death on Sun… https://t.co/ZzEDXJPyMd— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1580073761.0
Out of all the Kobe stories in the last day, this one hit differently. Elle Duncan on Kobe “being a dad. A girl da… https://t.co/MdLfksqYdC— Barstool Sports (@Barstool Sports)1580186580.0
Duncan spoke about Kobe's love of being a "girl dad" and his devotion to family.
.. proud to know you @elleduncanESPN ...this is what the purpose of our job is .... taking an important (and in thi… https://t.co/uOLUqyIcSq— Peter Rosenberg (@Peter Rosenberg)1580188827.0
The last time I remember John crying, aside from this week, was when Luna wrapped her little finger around his at t… https://t.co/cPx13nwveK— christine teigen (@christine teigen)1580190325.0
This beautiful tribute by @elleduncanESPN hits hard, especially as a father of three daughters myself. I cherish ev… https://t.co/91FBaSBaQi— Will Jawando (@Will Jawando)1580219791.0
Many who already loved Kobe were inspired by this lesser-known side of him.
This video had me in tears. Being a girl dad has been the best part of my short life. I wish I knew about this part… https://t.co/xBxzKAr0ui— trey hardee (@trey hardee)1580221943.0
Nothing more powerful than a “girl dad” and @kobebryant was the epitome of a legendary one. Thank you,… https://t.co/BuMNBvkdVg— Mel Robbins (@Mel Robbins)1580214259.0
#girldad Im sitting here still in shock , but today we took this picture. Me and my baby girls #RIPKobe #RIPGIGI 😢… https://t.co/7B0OWlMkgX— Coach Lamar Thomas (@Coach Lamar Thomas)1580196816.0
Many other "girl dads' also sounded off, expressing love for their daughters.
My favorite title: A girl Dad. You give me life, you are my air, you are my heart. I wish you only knew, just how… https://t.co/ynVifyKFWY— J.T. Yuodis,PIO (@J.T. Yuodis,PIO)1580220849.0
#GirlDad forever https://t.co/miPlqJMcaq— Tom Ackerman (@Tom Ackerman)1580211709.0
Ain’t nothing sweeter than being a #girldad 💯💙 https://t.co/gXU1RfIUAM— CJ Johnson (@CJ Johnson)1580197654.0
#GirlDad began trending on Twitter!
Who runs the world #girldad https://t.co/HfFkvvlw9e— Marques (@Marques)1580193909.0
I’m so moved by the outpouring of support behind my story about Kobe. And I love that #girldad is trending.. so for… https://t.co/5Dh4EXIz3i— Elle Duncan (@Elle Duncan)1580232023.0
Bryant, who was only 41 at the time of his death, will be remembered not only for his basketball prowess, but for his commitment to family.
As people continue to mourn the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, some have taken a moment to look back at his moving fa… https://t.co/blLggJzKkD— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1580103944.0
Rest in peace to Kobe Bryant, one of the proudest girl dads around.