Tyrese is thankful for many things, but one that's perhaps near the top was that Paul Walker introduced him to Vin Diesel.

Posting a slideshow of pictures of the three of them in an Instagram post, Tyrese wrote a heartfelt birthday message to Vin Diesel that included some words about their fallen Fast & Furious co-star. The singer/actor shouted out Walker for making sure that he and Diesel connected in a "real way," a bond that has surely paid dividends for both men personally as well as professionally.

"Didn't wanna mess with the excitement and buzz of a birthday but I just had to put things in perspective-- A proper introduction that leads to a great friendship and brotherhood IS the gift that keeps on giving," added Tyrese at the end of his caption. You can peep the entire post below.

As close as we are - I have to remind myself over and over that I wouldn't know you if it wasn't for Paul and in that spirit WE wanna wish our brother who moves with ALL HEART a Happy Birthday!!!!! Paul went out of his way to make sure that we connected and connected in a real way maybe just maybe he knew something that neither one of us could of ever known was coming......... This brotherhood and our kids being best friends has all made our worlds better on both sides....... Didn't wanna mess with the excitement and buzz of a birthday but I just had to put things in perspective-- A proper introduction that leads to a great friendship and brotherhood IS the gift that keeps on giving..... Happy birthday from me and Paul champion!!!!

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