The fast and furious star was snatched by the cold hands of death on Saturday, November 30, 2013, in a car crash in California.
Paul Walker, 40, was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend – who also died – when it crashed north of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said the crash happened in the community of Valencia. It said deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision. Two people found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization, ‘Reach Out Worldwide’,” the statement on the actor’s Facebook page said.
Walker began acting as a young boy when his mother, a model, took him to auditions for commercials. After drifting away from acting, he got his big break when a casting director remembered him from years before, tracked him down and gave him a role in the TV series ‘Touched by an Angel’. Walker later won a recurring part in the soap ‘The Young and the Restless’ before moving on to supporting roles in teen films in the late 1990s with ‘Varsity Blues’, ‘She’s All That’ and ‘The Skulls’.
After the success of the first Fast & Furious film, Walker became the leading man for the second installment when Vin Diesel dropped out. Walker played undercover agent Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious movies. The first film of the franchise was released in 2001 and the seventh which is in development began filming in September but has not been completed. It had been scheduled for release in July. Walker was one of the leading protagonists, along with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.
Walker has also filmed Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, which is due to be released on 13 December. Another forthcoming film is Brick Mansions, a remake of the French action film District B13, for film studio Relativity. Walker also starred in the suspense drama Hours, a movie that is set for release this month.
In grief, Diesel said in a post on Instagram: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”