Sometimes, friendship bonds can become just as strong as familial bonds. One great example of this is the relationship between actor Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, who passed away tragically in 2013. Diesel stepped up to the plate to serve as a father figure to Walker’s daughter and even had an incredible honor bestowed upon him.
That’s What Friends Are For
Actor Vin Diesel paid tribute to the late Paul Walker in the ultimate sign of true friendship. He walked Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, down the aisle at her wedding. The 23-year-old supermodel was only 15 years old when her father was in a fatal car crash. Naturally, she was unprepared for such devastation.
She has cherished her father’s memory since the accident and has been thriving in her adult life, but she was still missing out on an experience she had always dreamt about; being walked down the aisle at her wedding by her father. Luckily, friends truly became family for the late Hollywood star. Diesel stepped in and took the honor of walking her down the aisle in place of her dad.
Overcoming Loss, Together
Actor Vin Diesel lost his close friend Paul Walker to a horrific car accident back in 2013. Walker, an actor known for his performances with Diesel in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, was killed in a horrific accident along with pro-racer Rodger Rodas, who was behind the wheel. Walker left behind his family, including a child he admired, who admired him right back.
Following the accident, Walker’s surviving family sued the estate of Rodas, as well as Porsche AG, receiving a settlement of $10.1 million to be set aside for Meadow’s trust. Walker’s only daughter received what her attorneys told USA Today was “a fraction of what her father would have earned had his life not been tragically cut short.” Though the settlement was finalized in 2014, the amount of the dispute was only recently disclosed.
Honoring Friends Who Became Family
Diesel was more than just a friend of Walker’s. He was more than just a friend of Meadow’s dad; he was her godfather. Though she remains close with all of her dad’s Fast and Furious co-stars, she had an extra special bond with Diesel. She even refers to his own children as her family. Walker’s only child was ecstatic to have someone so special to both her and her father standing in his place. Meadow Walker married Louis Thornton-Allan in the Dominican Republic in a small, intimate wedding on the beach in October 2021.
The supermodel told Vogue, “the pandemic impacted our plans. Louis’s family wasn’t able to attend. A lot of close friends whom we consider family were also unable to attend due to travel restrictions.” Well, travel restrictions would never get in the way of her godfather, “Uncle Vin,” from being there to support her every step of the way. Vin Diesel’s bond with Paul Walker goes beyond the grave, proving that friends can truly become chosen family. For all we know, Walker was looking down on his daughter’s celebration from the great beyond, thinking “this is exactly how I wanted things to go.” Diesel has set a new standard for honoring a friend’s memory!