The Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker passed away in a car crash, in 2013, when his daughter, Meadow, was around 15 years old. His buddies Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson fondly remembered him too.
Late actor Paul Walker's dear friends and daughter recently honored him on what would have been his 46th birthday. His Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and daughter Meadow Rain Walker's messages shone through all the other tributes to him on September 12.
Paul died in a car crash in 2013 when Meadow was around 15 years old. The 20-year-old misses her father intensely and she took the occasion of his birth anniversary to remember him. Losing a parent unexpectedly can be traumatic for anyone, especially a young child. However, Meadow instead focused on the beautiful memories from the past. In the black and white image she shared on social media, a young Paul and Meadow's joy is apparent as they grin and pose for the photo.
"Happy birthday to the loveliest soul I’ll ever know," she said in an Instagram post.
Two other actors whose beautiful messages to Paul touched everyone's hearts was Vin and Dwayne. Both of them had worked with Paul in the Fast & Furious franchise and bonded with him over the years.
In Vin's powerful message addressed to Paul, he told him about all the great and ordinary things that have been happening regarding the film, which brought them together.
"So much to tell you... so much to share... as you know, we have been filming in Scotland. We threw a party for the crew last night in appreciation for all of their hard work. It was one of those moments that so often in the past we were together smiling and getting everyone drunk, especially Justin. Haha. Who by the way would make you so proud with what he is accomplishing with this film. Nathalie was there, in her loving spirit. Oh, and John Cena was there, who you would just love. His gratitude is palpable... and knowing you, you would just want him to win. This week the studio came to meet about the next chapter, your ears were ringing again. You would have gotten a kick out of the fact that we met in a chapel. It was profound... normally today I would be planning how to embarrass you with a birthday cake. Haha. Instead I reflect on how lucky I am to call you my brother. The tears never go away, but they change... from that of mourning to that of grace. We only hope to make you proud," he wrote.
He further added that Meadow sent him love on Paul's birth anniversary even though it was an emotional day for her too. "Guess what message I woke up to... your daughter. Meadow sending me love on this day. Wow, she knows me so well. She has your heart. Happy birthday... it’s amazing, but somehow you continue to make the world a better place," he concluded.
Dwayne's heartwarming message started by saying how he never posts about his friend since it's personal to him. "I prefer to keep our memories and bond private and quiet. But something about today compelled me as a moving reminder of how fragile life is for all of us. It’s Paul’s birthday and rightfully so, his legacy celebrated around the world," he wrote.
He acknowledged how his friendship with Paul blossomed since they bonded over parenthood. "Our friendship was bonded over our daughters, Meadow & Simone and the pride and protection we took in being their fathers. And recently, I got a scare when I almost lost another friend on the road. All this stuff got me thinking about how beautiful, yet wildly unpredictable life is. We never know what’s around the corner, so we gotta live as greatly as we can in the honor of our loved ones and ancestors who are no longer with us. Manuia le aso fanau, my friend," said he. He referred to Kevin Hart's car crash that had gotten him worried recently.