Even though actor Paul Walker died nearly ten years ago, he remained a Hollywood icon. When he passed away after a tragic car accident, he left behind his girlfriend, who was several years younger than him.
The late actor Paul Walker captivated the world with his charm and remarkable performances on TV and in films. In 2001, People magazine named him one of the 50 “Most Beautiful Persons” in the world.
Walker began acting at a young age. He first starred as a guest actor in several TV series, including the 1973 “The Young and the Restless” and “Touched by an Angel” in 1994.
Paul Walker at the world premiere of “Fast & Furious 6” on May 7, 2013 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images
Walker, a former teenage heartthrob, gained much prominence with his breakout roles in coming of age and teen films such as the 1999 movie “She’s All That and Varsity Blues.”
After playing Brian O’Conner in the 2001 street racing action film “The Fast and the Furious, he became a global sensation.” Since the movie was a hit, he reprised the role in five of the subsequent six films.
His international fame allowed him to appear in more films such as the 2001 “Joy Ride,” 2003 “Timeline,” 2005 “Into the Blue,” and 2006 movies “Eight Below” and “Running Scared.”
Paul Walker attends the premiere of “The Fast and the Furious 4” at Ruhrpark on March 17, 2009 in Bochum, Germany. | Photo: Getty Images
Besides being an actor, Walker became a model for The Coty Prestige Davidoff Cool Water for Men fragrance line. He also appeared in the National Geographic Channel series, the “Expedition Great White.”
Behind the glitz ad glamour he had in the entertainment industry, Walker was passionate about helping people. He founded the organization “Reach Out Worldwide” in 2010.
The non-profit group provided relief efforts and emergency response for several areas affected by natural disasters. Many people admired and praised the late actor’s humbling charity work.
Paul Walker attends the “Fast 2 Furious” Premiere Party at The Poland Street NCP Car Park on June 6, 2009 in London. | Photo: Getty Images
PAUL WALKER’S SUDDEN DEATH AT A YOUNG AGE
In 2013, Walker tragically died after riding a Porsche Carrera GT in Southern California. Jim Torp, an engineer at ROWW, said his son was one of the first to arrive at the scene who called him. Torp said:
“I got a phone call from him and he said it didn’t look good, that from the looks Paul and Roger didn’t make it.”
Roger Rodas, who drove the car with the movie star, reportedly died. He lost control of the vehicle, slammed into a tree close to a concrete wall, and burst into flames.
Walker’s last girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, was 23 when the actor died. The former couple had a 17-year age difference when they were together.
Pilchard-Gosnell was 16 when he met the “Vehicle 19” actor, who was 33 at that time. The public knew little about her, but she chose to go to college instead of riding Walker’s fame.
Meanwhile, Torp said she was the one who informed the actor’s then 15-year-old daughter Meadow about the fiery crash. The teen cried hysterically as Pilchard-Gosnell drove her home.
Meadow, then 15, was Walker’s only daughter with his former girlfriend Rebecca McBrain, a teacher. Torp recalled how Pilchard-Gosnell reacted to Walker’s devastating death, saying:
“Paul’s girlfriend was standing next to me when I got the phone call. When I told her what happened, she fell, she collapsed.”
Just as Meadow was heartbroken over her father’s loss, Pilchard-Gosnell was in deep grief, but she put on a brave face for the teen. She knew how close the young girl’s relationship was with Walker.
STRUGGLING TO OVERCOME GRIEF
Shortly after Walker’s tragic death, Pilchard-Gosnell struggled with life. According to the latter’s father, Casey Gosnell, she went to therapy and grief counseling to mend her broken heart.
Pilchard-Gosnell has remained close with her late boyfriend’s two siblings Caleb and Cody.
Casey said he provided his daughter with a secluded home at Goleta, California. He explained that she had been “terribly wounded” by the loss of her boyfriend and that it would take time to heal.
The grieving girlfriend was too devastated to discuss Walker’s horrific death openly. However, she expressed her feelings in a past Facebook post and noted that she still missed “The Skulls” actor.
Pilchard-Gosnell’s dad became protective of her because of her fragile state. Her father expected that her daughter would open up soon about the death of the renowned actor.
Pilchard-Gosnell has remained close with her late boyfriend’s two siblings Caleb and Cody. In the 2015 “Fast & Furious 7,” the brothers appeared to finish a scene Walker never completed.
PAUL WALKER’S DAUGHTER NOW
Meadow became the sole heir of her father’s estimated $16 million after Walker’s death. While living independently, she recently revealed she was diagnosed with a tumor.
Now 22, she shared a photo on Instagram of herself inside a hospital room. The snap showed her giving a thumbs-up as she wore a medical hair cover and yellow fiducials on her forehead.
In a more recent update, the gorgeous model happily tied the knot with actor and model Louis Thornton-Allan in an intimate beach wedding ceremony held in the Dominican Republic in October 2021.
The couple’s family and a few close friends in the industry attended the beautiful wedding. Meadow received support from her late father’s “Fast and the Furious” co-stars Vin Diesel and Jordana Brewster.
Guests grew emotional as Diesel walked Meadow down the aisle. Since her father’s death, the beautiful bride has relied on him for support, and the actor’s family would talk to her whenever she was struggling.
Opposite Walker’s character Brian O’Conner in the iconic movie, Diesel played Brian’s best friend Dominic Toretto, while Brewster starred as the latter’s sister Mia.
Meanwhile, Meadow expressed her admiration for Walker’s accomplishments, saying she shares his passion. Her late father was passionate about helping people, animals, and the environment.
Meadow has maintained a connection to her dad despite finding a second family in his absence. She now serves as the president of the Paul Walker Foundation, which she founded in 2015.