Diesel, 49, paid tribute to his late friend on social media on Tuesday, while addressing the fate of Fast 8 — the first film in the Fast & Furious series since 2006’s Tokyo Drift not to feature Walker.
Recalling the “arduous road to production” and the “challenging task” of filming the latest installment of the franchise without his close friend, Diesel said it was Walker’s memory that helped him during those especially hard times.
“You Pablo have given me strength… purpose and resolve,” he wrote. “I promised you we would make something you would be proud of and I pray that we have… miss you.”
The heartfelt message was posted alongside a photo of the pair at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, where they won the prize for the best on-screen team for their work in the original Fast and the Furious movie.
“Family above everything!” he concluded.
Walker, who was 40, died in a car accident on Nov. 30, 2013, when the Porsche he was riding in crashed and exploded in Santa Clarita, California.
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In the days following the third anniversary of his death, Diesel admitted that he still struggles with the loss.
“It was a lot of tissues,” he said. “It was a hard morning for me yesterday because I was here. But the irony is the whole cast reached out and his daughter, Meadow, reached out and all that stuff helps you get through it.”
“We’ve felt the loss,” Diesel continued. “The last three years have been some of the hardest of my life because of losing my brother like that.”