Vin Diesel Says the Years Since Paul Walker’s Death Have Been the ‘Hardest of My Life’

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It’s been three years since Paul Walker‘s untimely and horrific death, but Vin Diesel still remembers the tragic day like it was yesterday.

Days after posting a tribute to the late actor on Instagram, Diesel opened up about what it’s been like since the passing of the man he considered a brother. “We’ve felt the loss,” Diesel told Entertainment Tonight of the cast of the Fast and Furious franchise. “The last three years have been some of the hardest of my life because of losing my brother like that.”

Diesel, who is in Brazil for Comic Con, confessed it was even strange to be in the Latin American country without Walker by his side. “I’d been to Brazil two times before and both times that I’ve been here, I’ve always been with my brother, Pablo. Even if I talked on ET in Brazil or any talk show, any press or while we were filming in the favelas, it was Pablo and me,” he said. “It was a lot of tissues and 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.”

Thankfully, Diesel has been able to find joy over the last few years, including by filming the next installment of his xXx franchise. “Making this movie came after a very difficult time making Furious 7, and so never in my life did I need to do a movie where I could laugh and smile and enjoy myself more than right now, more than the time I made this movie,” he admitted. “I needed to do this movie and I’m so blessed that I had the opportunity to make a movie, not to have to do a brooding character, not to have to go to a dark place.”