You’ve been warned. What you’re about to read is going to make you teary-eyed.
As you may already know, “The Fast and the Furious” franchise star Vin Diesel is a longtime friend of the late Paul Walker. However, his friendship with Walker went beyond just co-starring in the franchise together because he has chosen to keep Walker’s memory alive with yet another powerful tribute.
Diesel, who already has a son and daughter with his longtime girlfriend Paloma Jimenez, announced on NBC’s TODAY that he named his new baby daughter after his deceased “Furious 7” star co-star, who passed away in a fatal car crash in late 2013.
“I’m telling you, it’s because I love you, Natalie. I know that you are a good soul, and I know that this is in good hands… I named her Pauline,” he revealed to Natalie Morales on The TODAY Show. Diesel then told Morales that Walker, who was his co-star in 5 of the 7 “Fast & Furious” films, was in the room when he welcomed his newborn baby daughter.
“He was in the room. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting the umbilical cord. I knew he was there,” he said.
Obviously, it wasn’t easy for him to deal with the death of Walker, whom he considered as part of his family. “I lost my best friend. I lost my brother,” Diesel said during a recent preview screening of “Furious 7”.
Thus, he revealed that naming his daughter after Walker is a way to keep his memory alive.
It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world.
You can watch Diesel talking about naming his daughter after Walker in the video below:
“Furious 7,” Walker’s last film, is set to be released on 3rd April.