Thursday marked what would have been Paul Walker‘s 46th birthday, and several of his costars and loved ones posted loving tributes.
Really, they’ve never stopped mourning the beloved star since his tragic passing from a car crash in 2013.
However, one of his friends and costars has never posted anything about the Fast & Furious star: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Hard to believe, right? But amid the outpouring of love from fellow FF family members like Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, The Rock hasn’t previously spoken about Paul.
This year The Rock changed that.
Taking to Instagram, the Jumanji: The Next Level star started by explaining the reason he didn’t like to post this kind of thing:
“I never post about my friend. Personal thing, but I prefer to keep our memories and bond private and quiet.”
“But something about today compelled me as a moving reminder of how fragile life is for all of us. It’s Paul’s birthday and rightfully so, his legacy celebrated around the world. Our friendship was bonded over our daughters, Meadow & Simone and the pride and protection we took being their fathers.”
There have been other birthdays; what changed this year? The Rock reveals what’s been weighing on his mind:
“And recently, I got a scare when I almost lost another friend on the road.”
That’s right. He almost lost another friend and frequent costar — in a car wreck no less — when Kevin Hart was horribly injured in a recent crash.
For those who haven’t heard, Kevin’s vintage Barracuda went off the road earlier this month; he was in the backseat at the time and sustained a back injury which required major surgery.
Thankfully he’s OK now, but it was a scary time for everyone who loves Kevin. As Johnson writes:
“All this stuff got me thinking about how beautiful, yet wildly unpredictable life is. We never know what’s around the corner, so we gotta live as greatly as we can in the honor of our loved ones and ancestors who are no longer with us.
Manuia le aso fanau, my friend. #livegreatly #pw”
Such a lovely sentiment. The Rock should really talk about his feelings more often, don’t you think?
Obviously he wasn’t the only one to post about Paul.
Meadow Walker wrote:
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So much to tell you… so much to share… as you know, we have been filming in Scotland. We threw a party for the crew last night in appreciation for all of their hard work. It was one of those moments that so often in the past we were together smiling and getting everyone drunk, especially Justin. Haha. Who by the way would make you so proud with what he is accomplishing with this film. Nathalie was there, in her loving spirit. Oh, and John Cena was there, who you would just love. His gratitude is palpable… and knowing you, you would just want him to win. This week the studio came to meet about the next chapter, your ears were ringing again. You would have gotten a kick out of the fact that we met in a chapel. It was profound… normally today I would be planning how to embarrass you with a birthday cake. Haha. Instead I reflect on how lucky I am to call you my brother. The tears never go away, but they change… from that of mourning to that of grace. We only hope to make you proud. Speaking of which, guess what message I woke up to… your daughter. Meadow sending me love on this day. Wow, she knows me so well. She has your heart. Happy birthday… it’s amazing, but somehow you continue to make the world a better place.
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Dear Paul, I miss you everyday bro with my whole heart! You were truly a friend and brother in deed….: Your trailer on set was always next to mines. You gave some of the best hugs… Your laughter was infectious once you started laughing it would change the mood of any room or anyone that was around…. Happy birthdays King Walker….. ps I ran into your angel Meadow she was in town to visit Vin, Paloma and the kids and my mind was blown from how tall, beautiful how strong she is- and has been…. So very of MW Just wanted to check in bro cause I know you’re somewhere up there listening and watching —Happy birthday bro!!!!!
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