“There’s one special teen here, and her name is Meadow Walker.”
Paul Walker’s 16-year-old daughter was apparently in attendance at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, though she never appeared onstage or was shown in the audience. But Vin Diesel and the Furious 7 cast did give her a special thanks while accepting the Choice Action/Adventure Movie award.
“Since this is a Teen Choice Award, you beautiful teens, there is one teen in the audience that is a part of the family that kept us going,” Diesel explained onstage, going on to thank Meadow specifically. “It was Paul Walker’s family, his brothers, his parents, that kept us going while we were filming Furious 7.”
Walker also posthumously won the Choice Action/Adventure Actor category. Diesel, along with costars Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris, paid tribute to the late actor, who died at the age of 40 in a car crash halfway through the filming of the movie in 2013.
“I can’t stand here and be rewarded like this without talking about somebody very, very important to us,” Diesel said. “One of the best blessings in our lives is the fact that we have the opportunity to call Pablo our brother. Paul Walker is here in spirit with us.”
Brewster chimed in, “We miss you, and we will always, always love you Paul.”
Earlier in the night, Wiz Khalifa won Choice Song From a Movie or TV Show for Furious 7’s “See You Again,” and he also thanked Walker’s family, saying, “Paul Walker and his family, thank you guys for embracing us and...just showing so much love.”