Diesel delivered his message via his Facebook page on Monday, with a caption attached to a photo of himself and Walker, who died on Saturday in a fiery car wreck. Diesel referred to Walker as both “Pablo” and “Brian,” the latter a reference to Walker’s “Fast and Furious” character, Brian O’Conner.
“Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me,” Diesel wrote. “I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were… on and off screen.”
Diesel began his tribute with a quote from Thomas Campbell, “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.”
Though Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and other “Fast” co-stars expressed their grief on social media shortly after Walker’s death, Diesel remained silent for more than two days. Several media outlets picked up on an Instagram account purporting to be Diesel — TheWrap was not among them — but that account turned out to be fake.
Walker died on Saturday in Valencia in Southern California, following a charity event. He was the passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend and business partner, Roger Rodas. Though the area in which he died has been cited as a popular racing spot, law enforcement has largely ruled out racing as a cause of the crash, and is currently looking at the investigation as a solo vehicle crash with speed as a factor.