Vin Diesel marked the eighth anniversary of the death of his “Fast & Furious” co-star Paul Walker on Tuesday by sharing the touching advice Walker once gave him on the day Diesel’s oldest daughter was born.
Diesel, 54, who is a father of three, remembered back to a day of filming the fourth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise in 2008 when he told Walker that he was heading to the hospital for the birth of his daughter, Hania, who is now 13.
“I told you that I was about to have a baby and didn’t know what to expect at the hospital which I was heading to after work,” Diesel wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “Will never forget what you told me… you said a lot of tough guys will tell you to wait out side of the delivery room, but that’s wrong. Go in there, actually cut the umbilical cord and it will be the best day of your life.”
Walker, who died at 40 in a car crash in 2013, was already a father to a daughter himself when he gave his good friend that advice.
“You of course, was talking from experience, having already an angel of your own. It’s been eight years today… and not a day goes by that I don’t reflect of the brotherhood we were blessed to have… but you know that,” Diesel wrote.
“[Walker] went into fatherhood a lot earlier than I did,” he said. “He took on that role of kind of being the guide into fatherhood for me. It’s kind of beautiful.”
Things came full circle in October when Hania served as a bridesmaid for Walker’s daughter’s wedding. Meadow Walker, the 23-year-old model married actor Louis Thornton-Allan in the Dominican Republic.
Diesel, who walked Meadow down the aisle at her wedding, shared a photo of Hania and Meadow from the wedding on Instagram.
“Tragedies in life are always followed by life’s blessings if you just stay open and have faith,” Diesel wrote. “Look at this photo Pablo, it will make you smile. The same angel that you helped me prepare for in the most beautiful way with your brotherly advice is the same angel that precious Meadow asked to be her Maid of Honor.