In a heartbreaking new interview with “The Dr. Oz Show,” Paul Walker’s mom Cheryl and brother Caleb opened up about the star’s death.
Paul and a friend were killed in a 2013 car crash while attending a charity event in Santa Clarita, California, for the actor’s organization Reach Out Worldwide.
Cheryl told Dr. Oz that Paul was at her home that day before heading to the event. “I had had a really nice conversation with Paul that morning,” she said. “He was in my home, he left to go to the event and so I was expecting him back in the early afternoon, evening. And we had plans with his daughter, too, to decorate a Christmas tree that night.”
She said she was alone at home when friends arrived with the horrible news. “I think I was in the kitchen and then I heard somebody come in and I looked and it was a friend of mine. Somebody that Paul knew, too. [A] family friend. And she looked like she just lost somebody, you know, she looked very upset.”
Cheryl continued, “And then other people started arriving, including the two young men that Paul grew up with that were trying to get him out of the car.”
It has been hard for her to cope since the accident. “I felt guilty for even feeling like that, but I really, honestly would wish that I didn’t have to wake up in the morning,” she said. “I would never have taken my life, but I really felt that way. Because when you wake up, you have to realize it’s real and you relive it all over again.”
After Paul’s death, Caleb stepped in to shoot scenes as his brother’s character Brian O’Connor for “Furious 7.”
“I always wanted to be like him growing up, and so stepping into his shoes was special, but it was too soon, you know, looking back at it,” he said. “Like, it was, like, just a few months afterward.”
He continued, “But the most special part was getting to know his other family that he had been working with for 15 years. Every cast member, every person on the set all had a special, unique bond with Paul.”
Watch the interview at DoctorOz.com.