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A dad in the US has made his daughter all emotional after sending her a heartwarming request for a voicemail.
Natalie Coffey Bunting, who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, was reduced to tears after reading a text message from her dad in which he requested she send him a new voicemail saying she loves him - after he accidentally deleted one he used to listen to 'about 20 times a week'.
The 40-year-old didn't even know her dad, Charlie, had such a voicemail, and finding out he was 'heartbroken' after deleting it understandably had her in bits.
The message read: "Natalie, I have kept a voicemail from you for over two years. All you did was call to tell me you loved me.
"I usually listen to it about 20 times a week. This morning, while listening to it I received a phone call and accidentally deleted your voicemail.
"I am heartbroken and want it back on my phone. Please call me and leave me another 'I just wanted to say I love you' message. Daddy."
After drying her cheeks, Natalie immediately sent Charlie - who lives a nine-hour car journey away - a new voicemail, telling him how how much she loves him.
Natalie said: "I cried when he sent me the message. I was at my office and was working by myself so I could cry freely without anybody seeing me.
"I cried, got myself together, called him and left him another message. I think I called him first and said, 'I'm going to call you and don't answer'.
"I don't remember leaving the message the first time. I don't remember how long he had it or what it said. I don't remember.
"It was really out of the blue when I got the text. It was very touching. My dad has that way about him."
The story has touched the hearts of people across the world and 71-year-old Charlie, who lives in North Carolina, is happy his love for his daughter has struck a chord with so many.
He said: "I'm happy that it's fired up the emotion in people enough to think about their family and think about their dads, and fathers thinking about their daughters too.
"You assume everybody takes the time to communicate with each other, but maybe they don't. Evidently it means a lot to Natalie and that means everything to me."
It turns out the touching text is textbook Charlie, actually.
Natalie said: "He loves his daughters and loves my mum. Sometimes he'll start talking about how much he loves my mum and will make himself cry. He's very sweet.
"It's a running joke in my family that he cries. In holidays and things when we are all together he will go to make the blessing and will make himself cry every time."
Oh Charlie you big softie. Now everyone pick up your phone and tell your family you love them.