Universal Studios have uploaded a Paul Walker tribute video that has gone viral. After being put on YouTube Wednesday the video has well over 1.5 million views. Using scenes from the Fast & Furious franchise the video is two minutes long and it was released as a memorial to the star who died last weekend in a horrific one-car crash that also claimed the life of Roger Rodas. You can see the tribute video below.
With P Diddy’s Coming Home as a musical backdrop, the video provides some wonderful moments, albeit very short moments, that culminates with a short clip featuring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto giving his “family speech” from the films. Diesel making a toast to the group and Walker turning to face the camera precedes an image of Paul leaning against a car. This image, has the title In Loving Memory over the actor and the car.
The video comes with a message that requests that mourners not send flowers or tributes but to send donations to the late Walker’s Reach Out Worldwide charity. Paul Walker was at the fundraising event for the charity on Nov. 30 when he and his good friend Roger Rodas took off in the red Porsche Carrera GT on what was to be a short “joy ride.”
38 year-old Rodas was driving the car and Walker was a passenger in the vehicle. On the way back to the event the car went out of control and crashed into a light pole and a tree; exploding and burning to cinders with the two men trapped inside. Autopsy results released on Wednesday showed that Rodas died from injuries sustained from the impact and Walker died from a combination of blunt trauma impact and burns.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office declared that the men’s deaths were accidental and that they were caused by injuries that resulted from the speeding car hitting an inanimate object. Both men were burnt so badly by the conflagration that the men’s families provided dental records to help the coroner identify the bodies.
The Paul Walker memorial tribute video that has gone viral was a touching gesture from Universal Studios who have placed the latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise on hold. Filming had started on the seventh movie back in September this year and work on the film had stopped for a break over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The studio released a statement that said they felt it was their responsibility to shut down filming on
Fast & Furious 7 for an unspecified amount of time. Universal are using the down time to work through all their available options for continuing the franchise. The latest sequel had been due to premiere on July 11, 2014.
It has been reported that Universal Pictures have set up proceeds from the DVD sales of Fast & Furious 6 to be given to the Reach Out Worldwide charity.
While conspiracy theories continue to gain momentum, investigators are still working to find out just what happened last Saturday when the two men died on a street in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. Unfortunately mourning fans have flocked to the site of the accident and their numbers have hampered the police investigators in their reconstruction and forensic examinations.
Investigators are also looking at video footage taken from a nearby building which shows the car smoldering and then bursting into flames. There has been no evidence of another vehicle involved in the fatal crash.
The Paul Walker viral video tribute posted by Universal Studios has a note in the description box that states his family appreciate the overwhelming amount of love and goodwill shown by Paul’s friends and fans. Unrelated to the video, and not in the description box, is another message from police that urges fans to not drive dangerously on that particular stretch of road. You can see the moving tribute in the video below.
By Michael Smith