As many of you have probably already heard, “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker passed away on December 1st, 2013 in a fiery car crash that claimed him and his friend, Roger Rodas’ lives. Rodas was a famed race car driver and local car dealership owner and proprietor. According to an eye witness, who wishes to remain anonymous out of respect for both families, maintains that the duo was not out joy-riding with intentions of street racing, yet the two had taken the Porsche out to investigate ongoing mechanical issues with the car. “As they were backing up the Carrera to put it into the garage, it started stalling. I heard someone say, and I think it was Roger (Rodas, who reportedly was behind the wheel), ‘Why is the car stalling? Let’s take it around the block,’ ” the source said. “Paul said, ‘Let me go with you really quickly.’ ” The following video captures the collision that took both men’s lives.
The Porsche Carrera GT that the film star died in has been described by TV personality, Jeremy Clarkson, as “brutal and savage”. Clarkson noted that drivers of the car were on a “knifes edge” attempting to maneuver the 612hp Porsche up to its 205mph top speed. Clarkson said, if you “make a mistake – it bites your head off”. The following is a video walk-around of the supercar that took the lives of Walker and Rodas.
Thousands of fans have been paying tribute to the star online, and an impromptu memorial car meet has been organized for Paul and his friend Roger Rodas on Sunday, December 8th. The Facebook page accounts more than 3,700 individuals already planning to attend the meet. “Drive slow, be cautious. Respect what this is for. And go at your own discretion aka assume the risk,” the event organizers state. Many of Walker’s friends and co-stars have also commented on this tragedy.
Jordana Brewster, who played Paul Walker’s love interest Mia Torreto in the Fast and the Furious, was among those to release an emotional tribute to her co-star. “Paul was an enormous presence in my life for the past fourteen years. While many would be satisfied with material success it made Paul more convinced of the need to help others. He never spoke of his immense generosity or philanthropic endeavors unless I prodded, however. This is what made Paul, Paul,” she said. “He lived with integrity, humanity and humility and seemed most happy when talking about his daughter, Meadow,” she continued. “I don’t know anyone who lived each moment more fully and loved life more than Paul; making his loss all the more heartbreaking.”
Other co-stars, such as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who starred alongside Paul in the action film franchise’s 2011 movie ‘Fast Five’, has also paid tribute to the late actor – who leaves behind 15-year-old daughter Meadow – and told of how the pair used to bond by talking about their children.
Speaking to ‘Entertainment Weekly’, the 41-year-old star – who has a 12-year-old daughter Simone – said: “When I first met Paul, I think in our late 20s, we were young kids in the business. Then years later, when I did ‘Fast Five’, we had an opportunity to spend a lot of time together and become reacquainted.
“At that time, we had both been in the business at that time for over a decade, and the most important thing that we had in common was the importance of family time and being a great father to our daughters. We bonded over that.
“It was always the number one topic we would talk about. We would talk about silly guy things, his fast cars and my pickup trucks, or we would talk about the beautiful energy of Hawaii — but it always ultimately came back to family. And very specifically the beautiful and important bond between a father and his daughter, and how we both realized that over the years.”
Paul Walker had just finished filming a movie titled “Hours”, that will still be released as planned on December 13. The film was a low-budget movie highlighting a father’s struggle to survive in a hospital with his prematurely-born baby after a huge storm. The trailer is below.
In regards to “Fast and Furious 7”, Walker had completed filming for the first portion of the movie yet did not fully complete his role. Producers say that production will understandably be suspended as cast and crew members come to terms with the accident and loss of their friend and co-worker. However, the project will not be abandoned entirely, yet it is unclear how the plot will recover from Walker’s absence. There is leaked footage of Walker’s role in the “Fast and Furious 7” movie in which he utters the haunting line: “Just one more funeral”. The link for the clip is attached here : http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/paul-walker-dead-actors-utters-2876904
Fans have built a huge vigil at the spot where Paul Walker passed away. Thousands of flowers and candles line the streets with touching tributes, art, and pictures. The shine was started just hours after Walker’s death with mourners flocking to the death scene to pay their respects. The area where Walker lost his life has become a tough place to visit with an abundance of youths honoring Walker through burnouts, donuts, drifts, and other forms of automotive hoonage. The actor was a passionate car enthusiast and would likely appreciate the display of automotive prowess, yet the media is stifling the expression as it can be dangerous especially considering the added traffic the area is getting with the passing of Walkers life. Today we remember Paul Walker as a father to Meadow Walker, an accomplished actor, and vigilant car enthusiast. Rest in Peace, we will never forget the impact you made on automotive culture in America and cinema on an international scale.
Credits: Emmett Vick