Vin Diesel reveals new baby’s name is a sweet tribute to Paul Walker

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel Together 2009

One week after welcoming a new baby with girlfriend Paloma Jimenez, Vin Diesel revealed his daughter’s name is a nod to his late friend Paul Walker.

“I named her Pauline,” Vin said on Monday’s Today, appearing to choke up. “There’s no other person I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord.”

Vin previously revealed his children thought of Paul as “Uncle Pablo” and said his Fast and Furious co-star was like a family member. Speaking to Natalie Morales for Today, Vin explained he continues to feel Paul’s presence during the big moments in his life.

“I just… knew he was there and it felt like a way to keep his memory,” he said of the moment his new daughter was born. “He was part of my family, part of my world.”

Paul was killed in a November 2013 car accident, which occurred midway through filming for Furious 7. His younger brothers helped complete his scenes for the movie, which premieres nationwide on April 3. During an emotional speech at a screening this weekend, Vin said he believes the movie is a fitting homage to Paul.

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