Paul Walker would have turned 48 on Sunday.
And on Monday, Vin Diesel shared an emotional tribute to his late Fast and Furious co-star, posting a photo from the one of the movies that they starred in together.
‘So much to tell you… normally I would say you wouldn’t believe how I spent your birthday… but by the safe outcome, I know you were there with me in spirit. Miss you. Always,’ Vin, 54, wrote in the caption.
Remembering him: Paul Walker would have turned 48 on Sunday and on Monday, Vin Diesel shared an emotional tribute to his late Fast and Furious co-star, posting a photo from the one of the movies that they starred in together
Paul tragically passed away at the age of 40 in a car accident on November 30, 2013.
Diesel and Walker skyrocketed to fame after the massive success of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. They became close friends during filming and went to star together in the hit movie’s many sequels.
Walker was in middle of the filming Fast and Furious 7 at the time of his death, with Paul’s brothers Caleb and Cody later standing in for him as filming wrapped.
The movie gave Paul’s character a happy ending with his love Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) and the franchise continues to honor his memory.
Success: Diesel and Walker skyrocketed to fame after the massive success of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. Seen in 2011
Brothers: They became close friends during filming and went to star together in the hit movie’s many sequels
The ninth film in the franchise, titled F9, was released in theaters on June 25, 2021.
On the red carpet at the movie’s premiere, Vin told People that he was missing his late co-star.
He said: ‘Some of my best moments in life were going to the premiere and the person, the face that I have at every one of these massive premieres, it was my brother Pablo.’
Sad: On the red carpet at the movie’s premiere, Vin told People that he was missing his late co-star
‘He had come from so far. We surprised the world with this small little film about brotherhood and we would dream about the future… I know he’s here too,’ Vin said.
Walker’s daughter Meadow, who was only 15 when her father passed away, also paid tribute to the late actor on his birthday.
The 22-year-old dug out a sweet childhood throwback of the pair from when she was little and shared it with fans on the star’s birthday on Sunday.
‘Daddy, I love you’: Walker’s daughter Meadow, 22, also paid tribute to the late star on what would have been his 48th birthday
In the throwback photo, Paul can be seen looking relaxed as he kicked back on a white wooden chair while nestling into daughter Meadow who was looking up to the camera and smiling.
Alongside the adorable snap, Meadow simply posted: ‘Happy birthday daddy, I love you.’
Fans rushed to comment on the post, that has been liked over half-a-million times on the social media platform, and sent Meadow their well wishes, while remembering her famous father.
‘You have a protective angel,’ shared one follower, as another commented: ‘With you always.’
Sweet: The model declared her love for her famous father in the adorable throwback she shared on Paul’s birthday on Sunday (12 September)
A third wrote: ‘Happy birthday legend, the legacy continues,’ while another posted: ‘Happy birthday my favourite @paulwalker, you will always be in our hearts. Promise.’
Meadow, who has made a name for herself as a model in the fashion world, is often seen remembering dad Paul on social media and following his death, she has established a non-profit in his memory.
The non-profit, named The Paul Walker Foundation, is aimed at marine science.
All grown up: Meadow, who has made a name for herself as a model, has honoured her dad by setting up a non-profit foundation in actor Paul’s name following his death
Diesel, who is Meadow’s godfather, has said that she too could feature in the much-loved movie franchise – insisting nothing has been ruled out as plans are put in motion for Fast and Furious 10.
In June, the movie talent spoke candidly of his relationship with Meadow and revealed he feels ‘very protective’ over the young catwalk star.
Speaking to Extra, Vin said: ‘She’s the first person on Father’s Day to wish me Happy Father’s Day. To see her with my children is one of the most beautiful things.
‘There are moments when I see her playing with [his daughter] Pauline and it hits me so deep cause I can only imagine what my brother sees when he sees that.
‘I feel very protective. It goes beyond the movie.’
Meadow had also attended F9’s premiere in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Sweet: Meadow is often sharing throwbacks of herself and Paul together on social media, while remembering the late actor
Adorable: Meadow was just 15 when Paul died and has kept a close relationship with his co-star Vin Diesel, who is her godfather
Strong bond: Vin also spoke of how he feels ‘very protective’ over Paul’s daughter Meadow (pictured above Vin, his daughter Similce Diese, centre, and Meadow in 2019)
Loss: Paul passed away in a 2013 car accident at the age of 40