The now 22-year-old model was 15 years old when her father died on November 30, 2013.
Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, in a car crash. His daughter Meadow Rain was just 15 years old at the time and Paul was 40. Now, the 22-year-old model is paying tribute to her father to celebrate his 48th birthday on Sunday, by posting a sweet childhood throwback photo of herself with the late actor. "Happy birthday daddy, I love you," Meadow wrote in the caption.
According to The Mirror, the actor was at a toy donation event for his charity before getting into the car that would lead to his death. His friend Jim Thorp told reporters at the scene that he had spoken to Walker just before he got into the Porsche with his business partner Rodas. Walker's tragic last words at the charity event were "Hey, let's go for a drive," according to Thorp, who shared, "He lived his life and he died fast and furious… He loved speed, he loved cars, and he had to die this way. He died in a very fast car with his friend."
The star passed away in the middle of filming Fast 7 at the time, and PEOPLE reports that Paul's brothers Caleb and Cody were hired to stand in for him. The actor's face was digitally superimposed onto their bodies during the film. His daughter has been paying tribute to her father in more ways than one. She was spotted recently attending the premiere of F9 in June. Paul's costar Vin Diesel even hinted at the possibility of seeing Meadow in the franchise. "I would not count anything out," Diesel, 54, told E!'s Daily Pop in June. "Let me just, without giving you all of the secrets of Fast 10, let's just say nothing's ruled out." The actor also admitted that he feels "very protective" of Meadow, who is his goddaughter and has remained close with his family over the years. "She's the first person on Father's Day to wish me Happy Father's Day," he told Extra in June.
Diesel shares daughter Similce, 13, and son Vincent, 11, with partner Paloma Jiménez, 38, and they named their 6-year-old daughter Pauline in honor of Paul Walker. Speaking of Maadow, he said, "To see her with my children is one of the most beautiful things," Diesel added. "There are moments when I see her playing with [his 6-year-old daughter] Pauline and it hits me so deep 'cause I can only imagine what my brother sees when he sees that." Meadow recently celebrated a milestone in her personal life. She announced her engagement to actor Louis Thornton-Allan last month while showing off her ring. It looks like she considers herself part of the Diesel family just as much as they do her.
"Family <3," she captioned a black-and-white photo of herself hugging Diesel and Similce in May. "All love. Always ... " Diesel replied in the comments. Diesel has also treated Meadow like one of his own over the years. "I could say that I am so proud of the person you are becoming ... but the truth is I have always been proud of you," he wrote on Instagram in 2019, celebrating her 21st birthday. Looks like Paul's daughter is in great hands... what a beautiful bond!