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Vin Diesel sings tribute to late friend Paul Walker as he accepts People's Choice Awards

By Karen Butler   |   Updated Jan. 7, 2016 at 12:40 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Vin Diesel finished his acceptance speech at Wednesday's People's Choice Awards with a touching tribute to his late friend and Furious 7 co-star Paul Walker.

Walker died in a 2013 car wreck during a break from shooting the movie, which was eventually finished and which went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of 2015. It earned the People's Choice accolades for Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Movie.

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"I always say I'm not going to get emotional about winning these awards and I was cool when I was still sitting in my seat and they hand me two awards -- one for Favorite Action Movie and one for Favorite Film. You all thought this was your favorite film of the year. So, I think of [the movie's characters] Dom and Brian and I start to think of Paul," Diesel said. "It was a labor of love. My only message to you is you would be amazed at how much you can do with love and you'd be amazed at how powerful a force that is. When we didn't want to come back to filming, when the tragedy was too heavy, it was the love of everyone combined that saw us through to the end and now I am standing with all of you telling me this was your favorite film of the year. ... That means the world to me."

He concluded his time on the stage at the Microsoft Theater by singing a few lines from "See You Again," the meaningful song from Furious 7, which includes the lyrics, "It's been a long day without you my friend, but I'll tell you all about it when I see you again..."

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