A new year is often a time for a fresh start, but for Vin Diesel, it's also a time for reflection.
In yet another public display of his affection for his late co-star, Paul Walker, who died in a car crash on Nov. 30, Diesel posted a brief but touching message on his Facebook page on Thursday.
A candid snapshot shows the two "Fast & Furious" icons sharing a friendly laugh during the press tour for their latest franchise installment while eager fans wait in the background. Though we may never know what the topic of conversation was between these two in that moment, it's pretty clear that they are having a great time and enjoying each other's company. This is more than just a day at the office for the pair.
"There was always moments of child-like laughter," Diesel remembered before adding, "We had accomplished so much by 2013."
But then his note takes a more solemn turn as he adds a P.S.
"The complexities of Brotherhood, and the painful void… of it's absence," he laments.
The final autopsy reports for Walker and the man behind the wheel, Roger Rodas, was also released on Friday. Some of the biggest findings include the speed the Porsche was going when it crashed, as well as the toxicology report.
While neither of the men had any alcohol or other substances in their systems, speed was certainly an issue in the accident. The vehicle is described as traveling at an "unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph, in the #1 eastbound lane on Hercules Street approaching Constitution," and the report notes that the car hit the curb, a light post, and two trees before being engulfed in flames.
Walker's cause of death was previously ruled as the effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, while Rodas's was declared as multiple traumatic injuries.
Still, there's a bright spot on the horizon — even if it pales in comparison to the loss of this talented thesp. As Diesel announced late in 2013, "Fast & Furious 7" will hit theaters on April 10, 2015, and Walker will play a prominent role in the story. According to THR, his character won't be killed off either, but rather "retired," thus allowing the blockbuster franchise to continue with out him.
There is no doubt that Vin will continue to miss his "brother," but we're also hopeful that sharing his feelings with fans (and the rest of the world), as he's done here, will help heal his wounds.
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