With the tragic news of Paul Walker‘s fatal car crash on Saturday (November 30), the Fast and Furious star, 40, leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter Meadow Rose.
“I just shut up, sit back and stay quiet,” he told PEOPLE in 2011, about driving his daughter to school. “She opens up and reveals a whole lot. The trick is to not ask questions, just listen. I’m figuring it out.”
Walker and friend Roger Rodas both died in a Porsche Carrera GT after attending a charitable event. Sources say that Meadow was on hand to support her dad at his Reach Out Worldwide charity car show in Santa Clarita, Calif. just minutes prior to the deadly crash.
Walker dated Meadow’s mother, Rebecca McBrain, when he was in his mid-20s.
“It was tough,” he recently said of not being ready for marriage at the time. “I was one of those ones who believed when you get married it’s forever. But I was thinking down the road. I knew where I was at with chicks and having fun … I was an animal.”
Meadow spent her early years living in Hawaii with her mom, but Walker and his ex shared custody and Meadow. When she was 7, the proud papa taught his girl how to surf. “Every day I pick her up from school and we go out on a longboard,” he said in 2006. “She really loves it.”
In 2011, Walker offered up his Los Angeles home for Meadow and her mom when she moved to California.
“She’s starting all over. She’s doing well,” he said of his daughter starting school in California. “She’s a warrior, that one, so she has no difficulty making friends.”
And earlier this year, Walker told EW that Meadow was staying with him full-time.
“My heart was desperate for so many years with the situation with my daughter,” he shared.
He added: “She’s living in Hawaii and she’s there and I’m running here. My daughter lives with me full time now and she’s the best partner I’ve ever had. It’s so nuts. I’ve never had anything like this in my life. I’ve been so transient, I’ve been on my own since I was 16. I didn’t even have my own place until I was 32 years old. I literally lived out of bags for 16-plus years.”
Our deepest condolences go out to the Walker and Rodas families.