'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker Dead at 40

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'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker Dead at 40

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | November 30, 2013 | Comments ()


Paul Walker died along with a passenger in a fiery car accident this afternoon at around 3:30 p.m.. He was driving his Porche GT when he lost control of it and crashed into a tree or a post, according to TMZ, which confirmed the tragedy with Walker’s rep. He was apparently giving test rides to people in his new car when the incident occurred. Industry sources verify that it is not a hoax, and a several more reliable news sources, including Variety, also confirm the death of Walker.

It has also been confirmed on Walker’s Facebook page.

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. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - ‪#‎TeamPW‬

Walker, best known for playing Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise, leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter.

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  • By all accounts he was not driving. As a passenger in the car, he can hardly be blamed for any mistake or foolish choice to speed the driver made.

    Yes, he made movies about driving recklessly. People also make movies about serial killers and the Mafia - does that make actors murderers and Mafia Dons? No. Paul Walker landed a role in a successful movie. The idea that he glorified lawbreaking, as some here suppose with no evidence whatsoever, is ridiculous.

  • nkg1010

    To all the horrible people making nasty comments, he was there in the car at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide, so he wasnt randomly driving around, he was at a charity event, his charity, which was all about helping people.
    So asshole comments about how contributed to his own death are pretty unnecessary IMHO

  • Ben

    Fuck me that's crazy. The Fast and the furious movies aren't exactly high cinema or anything but I enjoy the fuck out of them and they won't be the same without him.

  • BobbFrapples

    Your first paragraph and the Facebook blurb don't agree. Was he the driver or the passenger?

  • Cabanachat

    HOW has this not been corrected yet? Sorry, but surely by now you guys can afford a decent editor and/or webmaster.

  • bobsmith

    To be cut down as such a young age is a shame and his daughter having to lose him is just so sad. Condolences to his family and friends. But he actually was a passenger, someone else was driving. Such a good guy, helping out in disasters around the world, and on his way to a charity event he helped organize. The world gets a little dimmer.

  • NateMan

    Any time the father of a young child dies it's a tragedy. I'm so sorry for his family. And then the train derailment in the Bronx is even worse. My heart goes out to them.

  • mograph

    We are so fragile.

  • dizzylucy

    I am so saddened by this. I've only seen a few of his movies, but after reading a bit about him now, it sounds like he was a caring guy with a big heart, who used his success to help others. My condolences to his family and friends, especially his daughter.

  • Sameer

    To all the smart asses making FAFT jokes, go get a fucking life!
    Car accidents happen to everyone. It is not something you can just choose to avoid. Other than, you know, never getting into a car, which would be stupid.

  • Helo

    By all accounts, an all around good guy. Not a single negative anecdote to be found about him; that's saying something in the industry he worked in. The dude seemed to enjoy life.

    My condolences to his friends, family, and especially his daughter.

  • Conor

    I...don't know what else to say.
    Under-appreciated talent.

  • Gavin Smith

    I keep hearing conflicting accounts on whether it was Walker or this unnamed friend that was driving.

  • Some Guy

    The report I saw on CNN listed his friend as the driver.

  • MrONegative

    I don't want this story to be true. He was bro family.

  • logan

    Damn I liked him and the FATF movies. They were fun and he was good in them.
    My condolences to his family.

  • DeaconG

    It's on CNN.com's front page now. RIP, sir; way too young.

    That being said, I'd really like to know the details of the crash and how it happened. As soon as I read Porsche GT I went "Oh, shit". I've read way too many reports of folks who were driving cars that were way over their skill levels combined with poor judgment (including a family who's son got hold of their BMW M5 and managed to kill everyone in the car including himself).

    Yes, I have a heavy foot; but I also know the condition of my car and it's limits, I try to be aware of the road and weather conditions under which I drive; and most importantly, if some dumb shit in a 'ricer' wants to jump past me and weave in city traffic to prove a point, I LET HIM. It's his/her ass and/or a ticket (if they're very lucky), not mine.

    Now on I-95...the kid can watch the taillights of the "old man's" used BMW 750Li fade into the distance...

  • The fact that you know your car's limits is not an excuse for speeding. When I pull out into traffic on a 40mph limit road, I expect cars on that road to be doing 40mph, not 70. If you're doing 70 and I pull out believing you're doing 40 and thinking I've got plenty of time, your knowledge of your car's limits won't stop the resulting collision.

    Speeding is stupid.

  • Ley

    Little correction: his daughter is 15, not 5. Doesn't make this any less terrible though. RIP.

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  • ViciousTrollop

    Wow. How awful. I have always loved Joy Ride. RIP.

  • pnnylne

    Rumors of a hoax abounded. His death has been confirmed. RIP.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    I am devastated. I have a fifteen year old son who is in tears and who lived for the Fast & Furious franchise. I called Paul Walker an imaginary husband and my real husband loved to tease me endlessly about it but he has offered to take me to Atlanta to Fox Brothers Bbq where Paul had been frequenting while he was in town filming. I've watched a lot of his movies and sure, he wasn't Oscar caliber, but he always struck me as a hell of a guy. I hate this for his family who loved him more than I could ever dare to and I hate it for his fifteen year old daughter who won't have her daddy there to watch her grow up. (Edited to correct daughter's age)

  • Sean

    Perhaps this a teachable moment. Showing that the movies are just movies. That acting that way in real life has consequences.

  • BWeaves

    I agree with Sean. It can be a teachable moment without even saying a word. I'm guessing Pretty Hate Machine's son gets it without his parents saying anything.

    I don't get the hate for Sean's comment. It's the first thing I thought upon hearing the news.

    Speaking of the news, was Walker the driver or the passenger? I've heard conflicting news reports. Not that it matters. Either way, it's sad.

  • Holly Martins

    I think sometimes we just reach for any kind of silver lining, trying to deal with the devastation that is losing someone. "At least he is not suffering anymore" for someone who died after a painful illness. "He is in a better place now", because we need to be able to believe that,
    so we can keep going.

    When a celebrity dies of overdose, more than once, their relatives expressed the hope that it will warn people of the dangers of drugs. And hoping that maybe someone, somewhere, sits down behind his wheel and thinks "this guy, an experienced professional, driving for a charity
    event, still had an accident and died. I'll drive more carefully now.", I get that. I never paid much attention to Paul Walker's work as an actor, but it's painfully clear that his death is unfair, cruel and random.

    And he died doing something we deal with almost everyday, of which we often repress the danger, and not out of stupidity or arrogance. Because for most of us, nothing bad happens 99% of the time we drive.
    It's so easy to forget about the 1% chance of something really bad happening, when experience has taught us that nothing really bad happens to *us*. Until it does.

    So teachable moment? I believe it can be. But not really about movies.

  • bobsmith

    That maybe true, but I'm sure his family, friends and fans and the people he helped out by being charitable are too full of sorrow to think about being taught a lesson.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    Sean, do you have children? Maybe this is a teachable moment for you to realize that enjoying a movie does not equate the desire to recreate the dangerous stunts portrayed on the screen. Or it could be a teachable moment to remind you that all teenagers are not idiots. And finally, maybe this could be a teachable moment to not try to teach, because clearly, you don't have the necessary skills to be a successful educator.

  • kirivinokur

    I don't think there's much wrong with what Sean wrote here, although I can't say the same about his other statements above. I do think films have some influence on the viewer. (Not a popular idea among liberals, and a reason even my own friends might not think I'm much of a liberal anymore. ANYWAY,) I think violence and recklessness can have an impact on viewers, just as I think racist/sexist tropes do. No need to make an after-school special about it, but I agree that it's an opportunity to call out the difference between art and reality.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    Kirivinokur, since Sean was directly replying to a comment I posted, I do think there is much wrong with his assumptions. If Sean had posted his advice as a general comment, I would've merely scrolled and ignored. Sean knows nothing about me or my family with regards to education, skills, intellect, or beliefs. I could discuss, in general, nature versus nurture when it comes to the influence of movies on viewers but Sean's original smug comment seemed to be for me only.

  • kirivinokur

    Fair. I think I see where you're coming from. I do still see his reply as less "judgy" as you see it, but I suppose I would have read his reply differently if he was replying to *my* post.

  • MelBivDevoe

    Wow. I remember swooning over him when I was a teen. How horrible. RIP.

  • Target_Blonde

    From what I read in his interviews he seemed to be a decent guy and
    *loved* being involved with the FATF series. My heart goes out to his
    family and loved ones. RIP, dude. :(

  • Kristen Mc

    So, he was driving, or a friend was driving? The article says both.

  • bobsmith

    It was his car, but his friend, a professional racer was driving. Too tragic. He was such a good guy who liked helping out people around the world and eschewed the Hollywood partying lifestyle. It's a shame and unfair when good people are cut down so early in life.

  • oilybohunk7

    I will always remember him as Dean Sampson Jr. Rest in peace, Paul.

  • Helo

    Lance Harbor FTW

  • SorayaS

    Also Caleb Mandrake! He did such a good Privileged Asshole. Not being sarcastic here- damn what a loss.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Oh fuck. That is so sad.

  • SmokinLiketheJoker

    Looks like he was going TOO FAST AND TOO FURIOUS.

    But seriously RIP.

  • Dude. Come on. Some things just need to stay in your head.

    On an unrelated note....sure enough, MSN's already got a "celebs remember paul walker" headline up, and I think these stories tie with "grief tweets" for "most crass and tasteless contribution by technology to modern life." Enough, already.

  • Kertburger

    The worst part of this comment is that you really thought in your witless brain that it was a funny comment. I bet you're the life of parties huh?

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    C'mon. Unoriginal AND insensitive? Weak.

  • Zirza

    Well, to be completely honest, it was kind of the first thing that popped into my head too. Thankfully I had the common sense to realise that my brain is a dick instead of posting said comment on the internet.

  • Sean

    Actually, I will sort of defend the comment. Walker has made his living making movies glorifying reckless driving and criminal behavior. The movies he made were all about driving like a lunatic. While all the details are not available yet, Walker seems to have died trying to do the stupid shit that his movies celebrated. The fact that the guy had a young child proves Walker was a bit of an asshole. There are some things that you cannot do when you have a child to raise. And driving a 500hp race car for the streets is one of them. His child is the one deserving sympathy, not Walker.

  • Except he wasn't driving. Which proves that out of you and Walker, Walker's not the asshole.

  • bobsmith

    He was a passenger, his friend was driving, you heartless fiend. And it's a shame that such a good person who helped people out during major disasters around the world is now gone. He was actually on his way to a charity event he helped organize when this accident happened.

    Quit trying to draw attention to yourself over a tragedy. It's childish and selfish. I mean here a truly good person is gone and you're still around. Show's how unfair life is.

  • Melissa D

    Just so we're clear: Paul Walker was in movies about street racing. Paul Walker owned a fast car in real life. Therefore, Paul Walker raced his car through the streets of LA and died, making him an asshole.


  • Kertburger

    Except you are wrong. He was a passenger. So yeah, no to everything you just wrote.

  • mzblackwidow

    after clicking on Maguita's link down there - this one :) http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/30/... man you're gonna feel even more like an arsehole. Way to jump in with the moralising before knowing the facts.

    RIP Paul <3

  • Maguita NYC

    "7:15 PM PT -- Paul's rep just released a statement about his death, and says "He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives." Witnesses on the scene said the car was Paul's, but also said he was in the passenger seat."


  • Maguita NYC

    Sean... There is no confirmation he was the one driving...

    A human being died a horrible death, leaving behind a child who would not know her father growing up, a wife, a family, friends who love him and yes, fans.
    The least that could be done in the hours following his tragic death, is to show some respect.

  • Guest

    Dude. Come on. Take it from someone with a LOT of experience being a totally-correct asshole (and I'm not confirming that you're actually correct): some things just need to stay in your head.

    On an unrelated note....sure enough, MSN's already got a "celebs remember paul walker" headline up, and I think these stories tie with "grief tweets" for "most crass and tasteless contribution by technology to modern life." Enough, already.

  • Sean

    Why? I am not being a smart ass, I really question why he is deserving of respect. As you said, he left behind a family. Was he being respectful to them by engaging in such behavior?

  • bobsmith

    So, the guy who falls off a roof while working a job to feed his family isn't deserving of any respect because he was doing something dangerous?

    Heck, Paul Walker was on his way to a charity event he helped organize, being an unselfish person. Obviously the same will never be said about you. Guess that's why you contain all that bitterness.

  • hoppergrass

    Everyone has their own acceptable levels of risk. I ride a motorcycle, and my biggest fear in riding is not that I will die, but that I will injure myself in such a way that I can no longer ride, and if your biggest fear in doing something is that one day you won't be able to, well, then, make hay while the sun shines, right? But there are plenty of people who would say that this means I "deserve" to die while doing it. There are also people who will say that obese people "deserve" to die of heart attacks, or smokers of cancer, or those with high stress careers of sudden aneurisms, and so on and so on. We all decide for ourselves where our threshold lies. You're allowed to find others' acceptable levels of risk personally unacceptable, and you're even allowed to be a jerk about it, but that doesn't mean it's not a crappy thing to do. You can respect the passing of a human being without respecting the manner in which they passed.

  • BlackRabbit

    Not to get off on a tangent, but do you wear a helmet? And smokers/bikers is not a great comparison.

  • hoppergrass

    I do, religiously, and I will own up to judging those who don't - but not to the point where I think their deaths are laughable.

    You're probably right about my smoking analogy, too, but as I was typing with cigarette in hand...

  • Aaron Schulz

    by getting into a car? how dare he?!

  • Sean

    By getting into a car that he owned that the person driving clearly didn't have the skill to drive. It isn't like he got into a Camry, and ran to get milk. He let someone drive his $200k toy at a high rate of speed.

  • kirbyjay

    Actually, the driver was a member of Walker's racing team. A race car driver. Sadly, driving conditions on the street are vastly different from the track.
    Very sad for a life cut short. I don't know if I've ever seen Paul Walker in a film but I mourn the loss of a young man. Condolences to his friends, family and fans.

  • Kate

    Actually, it wasn't even his car.

  • Repo

    You're backpedaling. You made a stupid comment assuming he was driving and now you're altering your statement accordingly. Way to be a jackass.

  • Sean

    Actually, no. The news reports kept changing. I was responding to those.

  • bobsmith

    Good rule in life, keep your mouth shut if you don't know what you're talking about. You were so ready to spit out vile nastiness, you didn't have time to find out the facts.

    Good people are cut down and yet someone like you is still alive. Shows how unfair life is...

  • Aaron Schulz

    he definitely should have made the guy take a drivers test first to assess his competence behind the wheel.

  • bobsmith

    The driver was a professional race car driver.

  • Kate at June

    I think this was sarcastic....maybe

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Ah, the first asshat of the evening. Let's see, "Don't Be a Douche Or We Will Happily Ban You". Perhaps you'd like to delete the comment on your own, hmm?

  • calliope1975

    Dude. No.

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  • Maguita NYC

    Way too young! My condolences to his family and friends.

  • John W

    What a shame, RIP.

  • N8

    That is a horrible, horrible tragedy. Thoughts are with his family. Awful to experience during this time of thanks and giving.

  • Guest

    1. He was 40?

    2. R.I.P.

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