Vin Diesel has named his third child, a baby girl to longtime girlfriend Paloma Jimenez, after his “Furious 7” co-star Paul Walker. He said he felt Walker’s presence inside the delivery room, which made him name his daughter Pauline.
“I named her Pauline,” Diesel told Today.
“He was in the room. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just … knew he was there,” he emotionally shared, saying Pauline will be a sign that Walker will always be remembered.
“It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world.”
Diesel made a touching tribute to Walker during the first public screening of “Furious 7.” He had gone straight to the screening from the hospital after Pauline’s birth.
“This was a labor of love. It was in some ways the hardest movie I ever had to do because the relationships that you see on film are so real. When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother,” Diesel told fans.
According to Vanity Fair, “Furious 7” premiered at a private event held at the SXSW film festival in Austin, where Diesel was not able to attend.
Walker died in a car crash on November 2014 in Southern California. He was seated in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car, driven by his racing team partner, crashed onto a light pole and exploded.
According to a report from CNN, speed was a factor in the crash.
One of the most echoing stories about Walker was about that one time he bought a wedding ring for a young couple.
“The groom was just back from duty in Iraq, and he was going to be deployed again soon and wanted to buy a wedding ring, but he said he just could not afford it. I don’t think the soldier realized how expensive those rings are, about $10,000,” the saleswoman told CNN then.
“Walker called the manager over and said, ‘Put that girl’s ring on my tab,’ Walker left all his billing info, and it was a done deal. The couple was stunned. She was thrilled and could not believe someone did this.”
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