The saddened news poured over the world that ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker (40) died on Saturday at 3.30pm in Los Angeles, confirmed by the LA County Sheriff’s department.
Paul shot to fame as the undercover agent, Brian O’Connor in the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies where the actor was in the process of filming ‘Fast and Furious 7’ which was due to be released in the US on July 11, 2014.
However it has been reported that Universal Pictures have halted the production of the anticipated ‘Fast and Furious 7’ for an indefinite period.
Paul and his friend, Roger Rodas (38) who also died at the scene had been attending the actor’s charity Reach Out Worldwide fundraiser.
After attending the event, the 40 year old actor was travelling as the passenger in Roger Roda’s new Porsche Carrera GT, where they hit a fixed object in the area of Valencia, Los Angeles, California.
Witnesses describe the scene as a ‘gulf of flames’ coming from the car after colliding with a fixed object. Both Paul and Roger died instantly on the scene. It has been reported and presumed that the possible ‘fixed object’ could have been a tree or light pole however not yet officially confirmed.
A motorsport professional, who attended Paul’s fundraiser on Saturday, stated: “As they were backing up the Carrera to put into the garage, it started stalling. I heard someone say – and I think it was Roger Rodas, (who was reportedly driving), ‘Why is the car stalling? Let’s take it around the block”. Paul said, ‘Let me go with you really quickly.”
He continued, “The whole premise of taking the car out for a drive was because something was wrong.”
The person, who wishes to remain anonymous out of respect for the family of the deceased, was attending the event at Always Evolving performance motors and said Walker and Rodas weren’t likely out to test the limits of the Porsche Carrera GT, a car Auto week called “scary” to handle.
“Roger wasn’t the kind of guy to go max speed on a small street, same thing with Paul. These guys have respect for the car and they wouldn’t do it like that,”
The coroner’s report has confirmed that both deaths have been ruled as accidental.
The report also revealed that the cause of death for the ‘Fast and Furious’ actor, Paul Walker, was ‘combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.’
Confirmed cause of death for the stars friend, Roger Rodas has been confirmed due to ‘multiple traumatic injuries’.
It has also been reported that the bodies were burned beyond recognition and dental records were needed to make positive identifications.
Paul’s death was announced by his representatives on his official Facebook page.
The talented and much loved actor now leaves behind his 15 year old daughter, Meadow and his long term girlfriend of 7 years Jasmine Pitchard-Gosnell. According to news reports, Jasmine was becoming a ‘step-mother’ figure in the 15 year olds life.
As expected, the tributes flowed in from family, friends, co-stars and fans after the news hit the media on Saturday.
On Wednesday afternoon, dozens of fans had flocked to the site. A makeshift memorial contained hundreds – perhaps thousands – of items left by fans of the deceased actor, including Hot Wheels and other die cast cars, bottles of Corona beer, Teddy bears, Christian symbols, auto racing-themed t-shirts, hats, candles and flowers.
Co-star and close friend actor, Vin Diesel visited the crash site to pay respects.
“If my brother were here right now and saw all the love that you’re bringing here,” Diesel, 46, told the crowd via a police loudspeaker. “If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time. That his family gets to see all of you show the love that you’ve shown Paul.”
He continued, “It’s going to stay with me forever. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him.”