In the wake of the huge success of Furious 7 it's easy to get caught up in all of the funny, touching and emotional stories that the cast of the film have been telling about their fallen brother, Paul Walker. However, after the movie has continued to surpass expectations world-wide, I couldn't help thinking about those who were even closer to him - his brothers, Cody and Caleb, his daughter Meadow, and partner Jasmine.
Paul was undoubtedly a man who, despite his fame, was also deeply private, and following his death his family members have largely maintained their privacy, something that must have been very difficult given how much the world was saddened by the news of his passing, and wanted news from his loved ones. However, in the 17 months since his death, they have shared some of their lives with the public, something which I'm sure the fans of the Fast and Furious franchise are very thankful for.
Paul's brothers, Caleb and Cody:
Following Paul's tragic accident, Paul's two brothers Cody and Caleb Walker are really the ones to be thanked for making sure Furious 7 made it onto screens. Because Paul had not finished filming all of his scenes, the two Walker brothers stepped up to the plate and were used as body doubles in the remaining shots. Having watched Furious 7, I genuinely couldn't tell which scenes were actually Paul and which scenes were Paul's brothers and CGI, and I'm sure the strong family resemblance had a lot to do with that!
While it doesn't appear as though Caleb Walker will follow in his brother's footsteps, it was recently reported that his youngest brother Cody, 26, is pursuing a Hollywood career! Since Furious 7, Cody, a former paramedic, has been in talks with agencies and working with Paul's manager, Matt Luber. The Hollywood Reporter has also just revealed that Cody has now signed with Paradigm Talent Agency, which is the very same agency with whom Paul got his start!
In addition to all of this, Cody has also been serving as brand manager for Paul's nonprofit Reach Out WorldWide, a fantastic volunteer network which deploys first responders to areas affected by disasters and in need of relief. In the video above, Cody emotionally discusses the wonderful nonprofit, and how much love Paul had for helping out where he could.
Paul's daughter Meadow and girlfriend Jasmine:
Paul's daughter Meadow was just 15-years-old when her father passed away in 2013, and following what must have been a heartbreaking time in the teenager's life she has sporadically shared photos of the two together on her Facebook and Instagram. Furious 7 cast member Tyrese Gibson recently shared that Meadow is doing well 17 months after her father's accident, saying:
"She's really in a great space. She's focused on her education and just spending a lot of quality time with her friends. That brings her a lot of joy."
It both looks and sounds like Meadow is a very grounded and happy young lady, and I'm sure as she gets older she will only continue to grow Paul's legacy, much like his brothers are doing.
Paul's girlfriend Jasmine Gosnell, 24, has kept very private since his death, the two were in a long term relationship, meeting when Paul was 33 and Gosnell was just 16, and dating for seven years until his death.
According to a friend of Paul's, Jasmine was the one who had to break the news of Paul's death to his daughter Meadow, something which must have been indescribably hard. Since then, there have been rare reports of Gosnell, though her father spoke to the MailOnline last year to say that she was in grief counseling and "terribly wounded by Paul's death." Jasmine remains close with Paul's brothers Cody and Caleb, a friendship which I'm sure helped and continues to help her with her grief.
I have to say, it has really warmed my heart to see that despite the Walker family having been faced with such a huge and heartbreaking loss, they have made it to the other side, looking stronger than ever before. Although it was unlikely that Paul would ever be forgotten due to his huge film and charity legacies, it seems very apparent that his family members have every intention of making sure that everything Paul worked so hard for will remain remembered and treasured for years to come, and I wish them all the luck in the world.
Furious 7 starring Paul, Cody and Caleb Walker is avilable on DVD and Blu-Ray now.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter