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Pau Gasol names baby after Kobe Bryant's daughter

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pau Gasol and his wife Catherine have named their newborn baby after the daughter of former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.

(CNN)Pau Gasol and his wife Catherine have named their newborn baby after the daughter of former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26, a tragedy that left millions across the globe mourning.

Gasol won two NBA championships with Bryant in 2009 and 2010 and the pair remained close until Bryant's death.

In a message posted to Twitter on Sunday, Gasol announced the birth of his daughter.

Elisabet Gianna Gasol, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!!" he said.

Gasol's wife Catherine wrote on Instagram: "Elisabet Gianna Gasol joined our family on September 10th, 2020.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant's wife commented below: "Love you 3!!!

Both Catherine and Pau Gasol included the hashtag #GirlDad in their posts.

The hashtag became a way for fathers across the globe to pay tribute to Bryant after his death by celebrating their relationships with their daughters.

Bryant was the father of four girls, and the trend started after ESPN's Elle Duncan shared a moving story after his death about how proud Bryant was of being a father to his daughters.

Last month, Gasol acknowledged that it would have been Bryant's birthday August 23.

I will always be thankful for how much you have impacted my life in so many different ways," he wrote on Twitter.

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