How Kim Kardashian Continues to Honor Her Bond With Late Dad Robert Kardashian

Watch: Kanye West Surprises Kim Kardashian With Hologram of Late Father

Despite their marriage nearing its end, Kanye West showered Kim Kardashian with love for her birthday last October—just like he always had done.

"A special surprise from heaven…It is so lifelike and we watched it over and over, filled with lots [of] tears and emotion," Kim wrote on Instagram, sharing the video that Kanye put together for his wife's 40th birthday, featuring a hologram of her dad, Robert Kardashian Sr. Naturally, it was one of those exceptionally lifelike holograms that have become particularly popular in the music world, allowing stars who are no longer with us such as Tupac Shakur and Whitney Houston to quote-unquote perform once again.

"I can't even describe what this meant to me and my sisters, my brother, my mom and closest friends to experience together," Kim continued. "Thank you so much Kanye for this memory that will last a lifetime."

And though this was easily the most technologically dazzling example, this wasn't the first time that Kanye had made sure that Kim's father, who died of esophageal cancer in 2003, was represented. The video montage he put together for Kim's 36th birthday was full of photos and video from her childhood—and he even credited the Kardashian patriarch, as well as his own later mother, Donda West, for watching over the production of his 2016 gospel-inspired album.

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"He's still doing deals for controversial Black people from up in heaven," Kanye told Real 92.3 host Big Boy of the father-in-law he never got to meet, a nod to the work for O.J. Simpson's legal defense team that made Robert the first famous Kardashian back in the mid-1990s.

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He gets how important it is for Kim to keep her father alive in her heart and her choices—perhaps none of which invoked him more pointedly than her decision to start working toward becoming a lawyer, wanting to further her pursuit of widespread criminal justice reform. (Not a college graduate, Kim registered with the California State Bar and began a four-year, minimum-18-hour-a-week program, overseen by practicing lawyers, to school her in reading the law.)

Kim told Vogue in 2019, "My dad had a library, and when you pushed on this wall there was this whole hidden closet room, with all of his O.J. evidence books. On weekends I would always snoop and look through. I was really nosy about the forensics." 

"He once said to me," she said, recalling her dad's words, "'I think you'd be great at it. But I also think that it's super stressful and exhausting. So, if you want a stress-free life, maybe don't follow through with law school.' He would've loved it so much, though. He would've been my study partner."

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