On Saturday, with family members and costars present, Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker was laid to rest in California at the the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery located in the Hollywood Hills. The ceremony, which occurred two weeks after the actor’s tragic death in a car crash, was organized by Walker’s father, and it was by invite only. It was was a private and small service, which lasted about 45 minutes.
The family requested that everyone there, so that they could be escorted by security forces, should arrive and leave together. The non-denominational funeral service included the folding and presentation of an American flag to Walker’s family.
After the funeral on December 14, there was a memorial service held on the Universal Pictures lot. About 200 people were in attendance. Besides family members and friends, in attendance were three of Walker’s costars from the Fast & Furious franchise, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris.
Among those who took to the podium to speak about Paul Walker were the actor’s father, Paul Walker, Sr., Ron Myer, his manager Matt Luber, and Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb Walker.
Following the memorial service, Walker’s costars wrote about their feelings on various social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. Gibson wrote on Instagram that he wished that Saturday wasn’t Walker’s funeral, but “was your wedding instead.” He also wrote that he and Walker’s other costars wished that they could have “another laugh, another take, another talk, another moment” with the actor. Gibson added: “#RIHAW Rest In Heaven Angel Walker.”
Ludacris took to Instagram also, and he posted Walker’s photo there. Michelle Rodriguez tweeted that she hoped Walker would “get my tweet in Heaven.” She thanked him for his advice to her to “stop talking and just do it already.”
On Saturday, November 30, Paul Walker and his business partner and friend, Roger Rodas, were headed on their way back to a fund-raising event for the late actor’s charity Reach Out Worldwide when the red Porsche Carrera GT that Rodas was driving crashed into a lamp post and then into a tree. The car burst into flames 60 seconds later. Both Paul Walker and Rodas died as a result.
Walker’s remains were cremated on Thursday, December 12, and his ashes were interred at the cemetery on Saturday, December 14. The funeral services for Roger Rodas took place on Thursday.
On Friday, “Hours,” one of the final films Paul Walker starred in, debuted in 16 movie theaters and also became available on video on demand. Portions of the revenue generated will be donated by Pantelion, the movie’s distributor, to
The celebration of Walker’s life comes as Universal Pictures tries to decide how to best honor his memory in the seventh installment of the franchise.
One of his final movies, “Hours,” debuted Friday. It saw limited release in just 16 theaters and on video on demand. Portions of the profits from the VOD sales and box office take will be donated to Paul Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide.
Written by: Douglas Cobb