It was with sad hearts that we reported on the death of Paul Walker, star of the hugely popular Fast and Furious movie franchise, but it is with admiration that we can look back upon his life and successful Hollywood career. To wit: Just prior to his untimely passing, Walker was attending an event put on by his very own charity, Reach Out WorldWide, which was created to help send first responders to disaster areas.
According to reports, the event was being held at Always Evolving Performance Motors, an automotive shop owned by Walker's friend Roger Rodas (pictured right). Walker and Rodas were apparently out for a quick spin around 3 PM in Rodas' bright-red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when the single-car accident occurred. The Porsche burst into flames, and several passing motorists captured the crash scene on video. Police have yet to confirm reports that Walker was the passenger, not the driver, at the time of the accident, and dental records will be used to help identify the two bodies. Police have said that speed was a likely factor in the accident.
Walker died at the age of 40 and is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. Rodas, a former racing driver who competed in the Pirelli World Challenge, was 38 years old and is survived by his wife Kristine and two children.
Following news of Walker's passing, fans reportedly flocked to the location to pay their respects. Several of Walker's Fast and Furious costars took to Twitter to express their condolences, which you can read below. We have also included a few news reports.
My brother and I.....we aimed for the stars together....and achieved more than we ever hoped we could with f&f pic.twitter.com/TWWdoaEX1D- Vin Diesel (@REAL_VinDiesel) December 1, 2013
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013
Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.- Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) December 1, 2013
Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,... http://t.co/nUiPPIU9Bb- Ludacris (@Ludacris) December 1, 2013
RIP Paul Walker,loved working with you on "Into the Blue". I Will miss you.- Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) December 1, 2013