“I named her Pauline,” he told US morning talk show Today.
“[Walker] was in the room. There’s no other person that I’m thinking about as I’m cutting this umbilical cord.
“I knew he was there and I felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my memory, a part of my world.”
Pauline, whose birth was announced via Facebook March 16, is Diesel’s third child with Paloma Jiménez. The actor and his longtime girlfriend are also the proud parents of daughter Hania Riley Sinclair, 6, and son Vincent Sinclair, 4.
On the one-year anniversary of the actor’s death, Diesel shared a photo of Paul bonding with his firstborn daughter, Hania Riley. “He was a part of so much in my life…long personal talks with my mother or babysitting the Alpha Angel…he took a certain pride in being uncle Pablo…after all, we were filming a scene in FF4 the day she was born, and he being the only one I told, encouraged me to go in and cut the umbilicle cord,” the 47-year-old wrote in the Facebook photo caption. “He was an important part of my transition into fatherhood…that healthy family member, with the most positive outlook on life…A year ago today…a year of mourning…and his absence still leaves me speechless. We miss you Pablo.”