“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts,”said Antonio Holmes, who said he was a friend of Walker’s.
“We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help.”
“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 organisation Reach Out Worldwide,” the statement on the actor’s Facebook page said.
“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We… are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
Tweet from Paul Walker’s Official Account
“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family,” a rep for Universal said in a statement.
Along with Vin Diesel, the 40-year-old Walker has been one of the stalwarts of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, characterized by its racing scenes and attractive cast.
The box-office success of the first film in 2001 fueled sequels. The series’ sixth installment came out earlier this year, topping the Memorial Day weekend box office.
At the time of his death, Walker was working on the seventh film of the franchise, with a scheduled release date of 2014.
Such a tragic loss … my heart goes out to Paul Walker’s family and friends – including his friend that was driving at the time of the crash. His friend also died in the crash and has family and friends who will miss him as well.
It is a great loss to those of us who love the franchise (Fast & Furious). We can just imagine how hard this was for Vin Diesel and everyone else that have been working with Paul Walker all these years. My heart goes out to all the folks that are are part of the Fast & Furious franchise and lost a piece of their family when Paul Walked died today.
As a close, I would like to quote the Roman’s Grace over the meal at the end of Fast & Furious 6 – I somehow think it fits:
Father thank you for the gathering of friends, Father we give thanks for all the choices we’ve made because that’s what makes us who we are, let us forever cherish the loved ones we’ve lost along the way; thank you for the little angel, the newest addition to our family, thank you for bringing Letty home, and most of all thank you for fast cars!
Rest in peace, Paul Walker…you are missed.
EDIT: Added Roman’s grace over the meal at the end of F&F6.