The Fast and Furious star Paul Walker was ironically killed in a car accident on Saturday. Walker’s car crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. in Valencia. The Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived at the scene to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. The two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
When L.A. County coroner officials arrived at the scene and could not confirm either of the victim’s names. Eventually representatives with Universal Pictures confirmed Walker’s identity. Universal Pictures states they are very heartbroken. He was one of the most respected members of the studio family. Walker belonged to the studio for nearly 14 years.
Celebrities are reacting to his death with social media including Twitter and Instagram. Zoe Saldana tweeted “A very sad day indeed, R.I.P Paul Walker.” She goes on to state there are prayers with him and his family at this sad time. Tyson Beckford also tweeted “R.I.P Paul Walker” and stated how he loved working with him on Into the Blue. The rapper Ludacris posted a photo to Instagram showing the Fast and Furious “family” holding hands while sitting around a dinner table. Even Miley Cyrus went out of her way to post on Twitter “I’m really sad about Paul Walker.”
Deputy Kim Manatt claims that the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Walker’s Twitter claimed he was attending a charity event to help aid Filipino victims from Typhoon Haiyan. He was attending the charity event for his organization called “Reach Out Worldwide” which was created in 2010. This organization was created to be a quick response first-aid organization. At the time of Walker’s death, he was working on the seventh film of the Fast and Furious franchise.
Walker began acting at age 13 with the TV Series Highway to Heaven. This series ran from 1985 through 1986. Walker made a couple of appearances by playing Todd Bryant and Eric Travers. He was said to have appeared in about three episodes of this short-lived TV series.
At only age two, Walker started his acting career by shooting a commercial for Pampers. By age 13, he was receiving one or more acting roles a year. Early in his acting career, he appeared in Program to Kill, Monster in the Closet, Throb and I’m Telling! Though a few of these roles were minor, they were stepping-stones used to creating the impressive acting profession he had today.
Walker began with The Fast and Furious franchise back in 2001. Once he had a taste of Fast and Furious, he could not stay away. It is unknown whether the producers of Fast and Furious will replace him in the seventh movie or cancel it altogether. The future of this franchise is expected to go downhill now that Walker will not be starring in it.
On Walker’s Twitter account he described himself as “outdoorsman, ocean addict, adrenaline junky…and I do some acting on the side.” Walker was a beloved actor and devoted father. Although any Fast and Furious movies made hereafter are expected to go downhill, the previous movies will be selling like crazy now. Although Walker is dead at only age 40, his memory will live on in the hearts of many.
By Anjulina MaComber