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Paul Walker Dies
Fast & Furious star was 40

01 December 2013  |  Written by James White  

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Paul Walker

Obituaries are never pleasant to write. It’s tough enough when you have to say goodbye to someone who has lived a good, full life and enjoyed a long career. But  to write a story memorialising someone you were chatting to on a film set just over a month ago, and who was passionately talking about his work and his family, is that much harder. So it is with deep regret and shock that we must report that Fast & Furious veteran Paul Walker has died at the age of 40.

Walker died in a car crash while being driven home from a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide that he had attended in Los Angeles. The driver of the Porsche – a friend of the actor's, Roger Rodas – was also killed. 

Walker, a native of Glendale, just north of Los Angeles in California, got his start early, appearing in a Pampers commercial when he was a toddler. He began a modelling career at two and moved to television in 1985, scoring roles on shows including Highway To Heaven and The Young And The Restless.

Cinema beckoned, with his first substantial job in Meet The Deedles, which he followed with supporting parts in such movies as Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, She’s All That and a bigger role in The Skulls. His big break – and the start of the franchise that has largely defined his career – came in 2001 with The Fast And The Furious, which saw him star for the first time as Brian O’Conner alongside Vin Diesel.

Between future Fast entries, he appeared in films including Joy Ride, Running Scared and Takers. Hurricane Katrina drama Hours was the next film scheduled to arrive, and he’d also worked on the District B13 remake Brick Mansions, where he’d expressed a desire to find more time to travel and spend time with his teenage daughter, Meadow.

He was in the middle of shooting Fast & Furious 7, and with a chunk of the film still to be completed, his death will leave a serious hole in the movie as well as the hearts of those who knew him.

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the Fast studio said in a statement issued Saturday night. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast And Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

Diesel – a co-star of Walker's in five Fast & Furious films – said in a statement on Instagram: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

The Rock, who starred with Walker in Fast 5, Fast & Furious 6 and the currently-shooting Fast & Furious 7 tweeted, "All my strength, love and faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength... in his light. Love you brother."

Our thoughts are with Walker's family and friends at this tragic time.


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A sad sad loss to an irreplaceable part of a family member.
Saw the news of the accident in the papers what a sad day for his family off screen and on it .But like he said if I die going fast don't be sad as will have a smile on my face ???. I hope that they do not try to replace paul with sombody else it just wont work for us diehard fans paul was in it from the start and the team became a family.as for the car ok it was going to fast but like Ferrari and porche and a few other top sports cars they use plastic fuel tanks to keep the weight down and it's More

Posted by romperstomper44 at 02:52 on 07 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Very sad news
L: losthighway My friend posted it on her Facebook in the early hours. Certainly a shock and tragedy with my thoughts going to his family and friends. , what is equally as shocking are the pictures of the vehicle... they really must have been going at some speed to do that kind of damage as the car was totalled from the looks of it before it even went up in flames.ery sad. dont even want to see that stuff.Id find it too upsetting. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 13:13 on 01 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Very sad news
My friend posted it on her Facebook in the early hours. Certainly a shock and tragedy with my thoughts going to his family and friends. However, what is equally as shocking are the pictures of the vehicle... they really must have been going at some speed to do that kind of damage as the car was totalled from the looks of it before it even went up in flames. Very sad. More

Posted by losthighway at 13:00 on 01 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Very sad news
Totally gutted to hear this sad news this morning.Walker had a very likeable screen presence and was by all accounts, a very kind hearted guy in real life. RIP Mr Walker, you will be sadly missed by your friends, family, and many, many fans. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 12:56 on 01 December 2013 | Report This Post

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