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Paul Walker

Asked Mom to Care for Meadow

The Day He Died

3/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Just hours before he died in a fiery car crash, Paul Walker told his mother he was too busy to properly care for his teenage daughter ... and asked her to become the girl's legal guardian ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the Walker family tell us ... Paul approached his mother, Cheryl, on November 30th and asked her to retire from her nursing job to take care of Meadow full-time.

Turns out Walker had been overwhelmed with his work schedule and couldn't juggle that with his parental responsibilities.  So in August -- 3 months before he died -- Meadow moved in with Cheryl, who was working full time.

Paul hired a series of nannies to care for Meadow when Cheryl was on the job, but none of them worked out.

So finally ... on the morning of his death, Paul called Cheryl and said he had given up on the nanny search and wanted her to be a full-time, stay-at-home grandma.  Cheryl agreed, and Paul then called other family members to inform them of his decision.

As we previously reported ... Meadow's biological mom has a serious drinking problem and Paul never considered her an option.  Meadow had been living with her mom until 2011, when she moved in with Paul.

Cheryl has now filed formal papers to make her Meadow's legal guardian.



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She's lying, that never happened

226 days ago


I hope she feels loved. That is such a fragile age to be going through all of this, I couldn't imagine. Sounds like there hasn't been a whole lot of stability in her life, I hope she will find that now with Paul's mom.

226 days ago


What type of father would sign over guardianship just because he's busy. Only deadbeat parents put their career before their children.

226 days ago


What on earth did Meadow Walker do to piss you off, TMZ? One minute you're cackling nonstop about her mother's drinking problem, now you're announcing that her father no longer wanted to care for her. Give it a rest and leave this child alone.

226 days ago

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Paul was one very special man.

226 days ago


What a confusing and emotionally disruptive situation for this girl. And why aren't you giving any recent facts about the mother, other than she was having addiction issues a few years back?

226 days ago

Beast Mode    

He was too busy street racing to take care of his daughter. From the picture , it looks like his mom Is a heavy drinker too.

226 days ago


This is TOO RUDE ...

UNLESS the American legal system says only ONE PERSON can be the legal guardian of a child - and I doubt that, how do 2-parent families go about this? - then it is COMPLETELY RESPONSIBLE and NORMAL that a parent appoints a guardian in their place in the event that they die or otherwise become incapacitated.

Where I live, ALL single parents do this: you appoint someone to represent you in the life of your child in the event that you can't do that . That person then has joint-guardianship with the other parent (if they are living and willing) ie. just like two parents have - or sole guardianship in the event that they are not available or willing.

These guardians look after the child's welfare, finances, education, you name it.

It is NOTHING BUT RESPONSIBLE to appoint a guardian for your child in the event you cannot fulfill that duty. Paul Walker is to be applauded for that, and TMZ (and all other media suggesting that that is a weird thing to do) should be absolutely castigated for it.

It's not weird, it's not indicative of an unwillingness to raise your child, it's responsible and sensible and absolutely NORMAL in most enlightened societies!

226 days ago

Christina G.    

Her story is unbelievable. Literally.

226 days ago


Paul Walker had precog ?g

226 days ago


pawl is not ded! he just wants peeple 2 THINK he dyed in that fiery crash. he pulled the same stunt w the malaysians. he stole their plane so he can drag race w jet blew. selfish.

226 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

What a lie and a money grab. I hope his family all goes to hell

226 days ago

Georgia Wife    

In Georgia, when a child turns 13 he/she can choose the parent they'd like to live with...I'm just wondering what SHE would like to do. She is almost a legal adult. Why not have the "adults" listen to what Meadow would like. Also, this really shouldn't be out in the public. I feel for this young woman.

226 days ago


this pisses me off! why did he have to die! f*ck why couldnt it be bieber complete bullsh!t

225 days ago


Way to put it, TMZ. Let's paraphrase what you wrote: "Paul Walker was way too busy doing really cool things, like movies, and it was so hard to have to actually enjoy being a dad when movies are way cooler, so he juggled the little, eh, what's-her-name, around his very important work schedule, because, again, movies are way more fun than being a dad, so he had to pretend to squeeze the kid in."

225 days ago
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