‘Furious 7′ star Vin Diesel and his partner welcomed a baby girl to their family this month. The actor has confirmed that he named the infant to honor the memory of fellow actor Paul Walker.
Diesel and Walker rose to super-stardom as the main stars of the ‘The Fast and the Furious’ film franchise. Paul Walker died in November 2013 after the car in which he was a passenger slammed into a tree. The Porsche GT veered off of the road and burst into flames almost immediately following the incident. Diesel has referred to Walker as a “friend and brother” in many media interviews.
Diesel opened up about the girl’s birth on “The Today Show.”
“He was in the room,” Diesel said of Walker, recalling his youngest daughter’s birth. “I knew he was there. I was thinking about him as I cut the umbilical cord.”
The actor revealed that he and long-time girlfriend Paloma Jiminez named the infant Pauline.
Dan Newlin reported that Walker and Diesel were still filming ‘Furious 7′ when the fatal car accident occurred. Walker’s brother, Cody, stepped into the actor’s signature role of Brian O’Connor to allow the film to be finished. ‘Furious 7′ made a private debut at the SXSW festival this month and will arrive at big screens across the nation on April 3.