R.I.P. Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Santa Clarita, California (CNN) — Actor Paul Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise “Fast & Furious,” died in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Saturday. He was 40.

Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by a racing team partner, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.

Walker’s publicist Ame van Iden confirmed his death Saturday. The driver, identified by CNN affiliate KCAL-TV as Roger Rodus, also died.

“Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones,” read a message posted on the Facebook page for Always Forever, the high-performance car shop owned by Rodus.

Los Angeles Coroner Investigator Dana Bee told CNN on Sunday it would likely take 48 hours to officially identify the remains taken from the twisted wreckage. The families are gathering dental records for use in the identification, which is necessary because of the condition of the bodies, Bee said.

Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said. A 45 mph speed limit sign was attached to the light pole knocked down by the Porsche.

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15 thoughts on “R.I.P. Paul Walker

  1. I love fast and furious I remember the first one and fast five was the most pirated movie the year it came out. I don’t know what they will do with his character in this new movie. it seems all the people I watched when I was younger are dying young.

  2. Yeah this is pretty sad. I’ve seen all the Furious films. I’m a big fan of a great car chase. Coincidentally I met actor Tyrese this past July. He was at Universal Studios with his young daughter. Tyrese was a real cool brother. He and Paul were real close. I saw a video on the news with Tyrese at the accident site. He was really breaking down. I feel bad for Paul’s young daughter.
    I heard that they were half way done with Furious 7. I wonder what they’ll do with the rest of the series. Will 7 be the last one? Will they kill his character off?? Only time will tell. Although I must admit I find it strange that Fast and Furious 6 comes out on DVD this very week. A bit ironic right?
    Anyway,thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

      1. You’re right. A buddy recently told me this. Also his baby’s mother was 16 when he met her. I believe he was 24 or 25 when they met. I hate to say it but there definitely seemed to be a pattern. It is what it is.

  3. I never watched these films but he was a good looking guy, so handsome, It is so sad, such a tragic loss of life. My he rest in peace.

  4. I know that I’m late,but my man is dead. I thought that he was so hot ,as well as being a great actor. Honestly, I don’t know if F and F can go on without him. Supposedly, there is a rumor that his brother was going to be in,but it won’t work. Paul cannot be easily replaced

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