Seven years ago, Fast and Furious star, Paul Walker, died in a tragic car crash. At the time, Paul sat in the passenger seat of a Porsche Carrera GT while his friend, Roger Rodas, drove. Rodas died as well. A 2018 documentary, I Am Paul Walker, highlights the actor’s life. It also raised questions as to who he left behind and what they’re doing now.
Rebecca McBrain and Paul Walker became parents together
Paul’s family and friends continue to mourn the late actor and that includes his ex, Rebecca Soteros, their 22-year-old daughter Meadow, and his girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell.
Soteros (previously married to Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain), maintains a fairly low profile. This is since her very public custody battle in 2014. After Paul’s death, his mother, Cheryl Walker, petitioned for guardianship over Meadow. E! News reported that Soteros was caught off guard.
“There have been discussions but no one told [Meadow and Soteros] they were going ahead with it. They first heard about it when they saw it on TMZ,” a source told E! News. “They are very disgusted by this. It’s completely thoughtless and disrespectful.”
The suit alleged Sotero previously had two DUIs leading Cheryl to drop the case on the condition Soteros went through a rehab program. Soteros agreed and Meadow stayed with her.
However, Soteros has remained mostly out of the spotlight since the custody battle. She and Meadow moved to California to launch and run the Paul Walker Foundation.
Meadow Walker runs her father’s foundation in his memory
Meadow Walker doesn’t post too much on social media, but when she does, there’s a lot of father-filled content. The [now] 22-year-old helps run Paul’s foundation in California. In an older post, Meadow connected the work she’s doing in his honor to her love of him.
Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill. I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my father. #DoGoodMeadow Walker Instagram
The young Walker is also raising money via Pencils of Promise, an organization “working to increase access to quality education for children in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.” So far, Meadow has raised a total of $58,005. She is following in her father’s footsteps, for sure.
Paul’s girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, struggled with the loss
Perhaps the most controversial of the three main women in Paul Walker’s life is that of his girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell. The two met when Walker was 33 and Pilchard-Gosnell was 16. The two were happy together before his death.
Pilchard-Gosnell also developed a close relationship with Meadow and was reportedly the one who gave the devastating news that Paul had died.
“I walk the streets of one,” Pilchard-Gosnell quoted in a Facebook post at the time of Walker’s death. She’s said to remain close with Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, but has moved on the best she can.
As for what Pilchard-Gosnell is doing today, the last big news came when she and her new boyfriend, musician Travis Turpin, became engaged. It’s unclear if the two ever married. Unfortunately, there is little information or social media presence aside from the many fake accounts.
With the next iteration of the Fast and Furious coming up, Paul’s legacy will be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The film will likely continue honoring the late actor — especially if Vin Diesel has a say.