Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow, celebrated her late father on what would have been his 47th birthday.
“The moment I realized we are twins,” Meadow, 21, wrote on Instagram Saturday with a photo of her as a toddler with her father. “Happy birthday to the most beautiful soul.”
Paul’s former co-star Jordana Brewster commented, “The most beautiful” and Game of Thrones and Furious 7 star Nathalie Emmanuel left heart emojis.
In November 2013, Paul died in a Los Angeles car crash. He was riding in the passenger seat of a speeding Porsche Carrera GT driven by friend and racing shop owner Roger Rodas and the car hit a light pole and caught fire, according to the New York Times. Rodas died as well. At the time, Paul had just completed the thriller film Hours about a father protecting his daughter during Hurricane Katrina. Agent Matt Luber told the Times the plot “spoke to him.”
When Paul died, he was living with Meadow, then 15. In 2016, Meadow received a $10 million settlement with Roda’s estate.
Fast and the Furious star Vin Diesel, whose children remain close with Meadow, mourned the death of Paul. In June, Meadow posted an Instagram selfie with Diesel’s three kids labeled “family, forever." Diesel told Today that his 5-year-old daughter Paulina’s name was inspired by his friend.
"It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world," he told the outlet in 2015.
Meadow, who is now a model, is involved with the Paul Walker Foundation which provides scholarships to marine science students.
On Saturday, she announced the continuation of her “annual do good challenge,” urging people to perform selfless acts of love. “This year, I’m keeping it simple and close to my heart,” she wrote on Instagram. “...my friendships are my foundation. they are my family. Tell your friends you love them and acknowledge them for standing by your side no matter what.”
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