When a celebrity dies, your reaction to it is almost always measured in direct correlation to how big of a fan you were of their work. To us, celebrities are just characters: We don’t really know who they are, just what we can assume based on the characters they play. But when you really think about it, you realize that celebrities are so much more than the roles they assume on screen: They’re people with rich lives outside of the spotlight, families who depend on them, and an entire universe of loved ones left behind when they pass.
Take, for instance, the particularly sad story of actor Paul Walker. Known for his role in theFast & Furious franchise, Walker’s life came to an abrupt end back in 2011. Naturally, fans were devastated. Even people unfamiliar with his work took notice, as he died at a tragically young age. But there’s one person to whom Walker’s death meant more to than anyone else: His daughter Meadow. Find out how she’s keeping her father’s legacy alive in the story below.
On November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker suffered a tragic fate.
Walker was in a horrific car accident, wherein his vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames. The violent accident took his life, as well as the life of a friend who was in the car.
It was a bit too much irony for his fans, who were devastated at the news.
Walker made a name for himself starring in the “Fast & Furious” series, so the fact that he died in an accident seemed like an unfair twist of fate.
His costar, Tyrese Gibson, was also devastated.
Here, Tyrese breaks down in tears during his emotional visit to the site of the tragic car accident in Santa Clarita, California during a memorial for Walker.
Walker’s other costars were rocked to their cores by the news as well.
Vin Diesel had some particularly emotional words about Paul at the time of his passing.
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But what few realized at the time was that Walker had a daughter.
Meadow was only 15 when she lost her father in this accident.