by McKenna Aiello | Mon., Nov. 4, 2019 6:47 PM
Paul Walker's little girl is not so little anymore.
Meadow Walker celebrates her 21st birthday today, and she's certainly feeling the love from her late father's close pal and co-star Vin Diesel. The Fast & Furious star took to Instagram on Monday with a heartfelt tribute to Meadow.
"I could say that I am so proud of the person you are becoming... but the truth is I have always been proud of you," the actor wrote alongside an image of the young star. "Happy Birthday Meadow! I know it's your 21st and you wanted to go big in Japan, but the family has a cake waiting for you when you get home, so hurry. Love you kid. Uncle Vin."
Meadow responded, "Thank you so much. I can't wait to see you soon. And my little angels. Love you."
Since Paul's tragic death almost six years ago, Meadow has developed a special bond with Vin's family. In fact, the actor named his 4-year-old Pauline after Walker, and Meadow frequently spends time with his daughters.
This past September, Vin and the other stars from the Fast & Furious franchise honored Paul on what would have been his 46th birthday. Tyrese penned a letter to his co-star and remarked that his "mind was blown from how tall, beautiful [and] how strong" Meadow looked after recently spending time with her.
Meadow continues to uphold her father's legacy through the Paul Walker Foundation, which advocates for ocean and wildlife conservation. You can look back at her and Paul's inseparable bond in our gallery below:
A young Meadow Walker flashes a big smile to the camera in this throwback photo she posted to Instagram in April 2015. The then-16-year-old shared the pic shortly after attending Coachella, where she hung out with Fast and Furious friends Vin Diesel and Elsa Pataky.
Meadow shared this cute flashback photo to Instagram in memory of her unforgettable dad for Father's Day 2015.
Sharing this adorable pic with her proud daddy on his 41st birthday, Meadow wrote on Instagram, "Happy Birthday, I love you."
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On the one-year anniversary of her dad's tragic death, Meadow posted this touching tribute photo on Instagram, simply saying, "I love you."
"Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill. I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world," wrote Meadow on her inaugural Instagram post for The Paul Walker Foundation on September 12, 2015.
Meadow posted this super cute pool pic to Instagram on July 20, 2016, to raise awareness for The Paul Walker Foundation and its mission to "do good." On the website, a quote by film producer Brandon Birtell about his close friend is featured on the main page: "Paul was the kind of person that valued and respected others. He would go out of his way to do the simplest things from stopping to open the door for others, making sure he looked someone in the eye when they were speaking, or help someone that clearly needed to be helped."
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Paul's daughter posted this throwback photo of the two dancing together to her over 1.5 million Instagram followers on September 12, 2017. She encouraged her followers to do good, writing, "In honor of my dad's birthday today, we're challenging you to DO GOOD! Share a video or photo of your random act of kindness and nominate 4 people to join the challenge!
Gleefully sticking out her tongue, little Meadow jokes with her dad in this flashback photo she posted after Fast and Furious 7's first trailer aired. Since Paul's passing, Meadow has been working on moving forward while remembering her dad, and Tyrese Gibson, Paul's former co-star, revealed in an interview with People in April 2015, "She's really focused on her education and just spending a lot of quality time with her friends. That brings her a lot of joy."
This sweet photo is the cover picture of The Paul Walker Foundation website, which promises to "continue to do the work that Paul started. We are focused on his passions and dedicated to his legacy. He is always in our hearts and we are reminded daily to do good and live life like Paul. Paul's passion for the ocean, a curious mind and a spontaneous heart lives on in The Paul Walker Foundation."
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Nov. 30 marks the six-year anniversary of Walker's death. The beloved star was just 40-years-old when he suffered fatal injuries in a high-speed car crash.
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