With autopsies now completed, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has announced the cause of death of actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving, who both died on Saturday, November 30 after their vehicle, a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, crashed into a tree and exploded. Walker was a passenger in the vehicle while Rodas was behind the wheel. According to the Coroner’s office, Walker died from “the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,” while Rodas died as a result of “multiple traumatic injuries.”
Toxicology results for both Walker and Rodas won’ be available for at least 6 to 8 weeks, said the coroner. Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner stated that both deaths have been officially ruled an accident.
Following the tragic news of Paul Walker‘s sudden passing yesterday, cast members from “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise shared messages on social media websites in loving memory of the actor who was the only cast member to have appeared in five of the last six films and will also appear in the upcoming seventh installment, “Fast 7,” which is scheduled for release on July 11, 2014. Universal Pictures, which produces and distributes the films worldwide, released the following statement: “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. 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.”
For those wishing to share their fondest memories of Walker, Vin Diesel asked his Twitter followers to use hashtag #RIPPaulWalker. He also posted the following: ”Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. We aimed for the stars together and achieved more than we ever hoped we could with ‘F&F’”
Paul Walker, best known for his portrayal of Brian O’Connor in “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise, has died. News of Walker’s death was first reported by TMZ. Representatives for the actor confirmed that Walker died on Saturday afternoon as a result of a deadly car accident in which the vehicle he was in hit a tree in Santa Clarita, California. Per a posting on his official Facebook Page, Walker was a passenger in an unidentified friend’s vehicle while both were attending a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide. “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,” read the statement on the page.
Cory Monteith, who portrayed Finn Hudson on FOX’s “Glee”, has died. The actor was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday afternoon. It’s understood that when Monteith missed his checkout at noon, hotel staff went to his room and found his body. “An autopsy is scheduled for Monday,” said Vancouver Acting Police Chief Doug LePard in a press conference. “The Coroner will be determining the next steps with respect to establishing cause of death, but all indications are that there was no foul play.”
“We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss,” said Monteith’s publicist, Melissa Kates, to USA Today.
It is with great sadness to report that Paul Skipper, a long-time photographer at JPI Studios, died on Tuesday, June 4 (previously incorrectly reported by us as Monday, June 3). While it is unknown at this time what caused Skipper’s death, tweets have gone out from several past and present “Days of our Lives” cast/crew members, which is the show Skipper primarily shot for, including one from Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) that read: “Paul Skipper- RIP. No one shot more terrific pictures for our genre.” His tweet was responded to by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning), who said “so very true. Loved his dear heart.”
Fran Bascom, who had been nominated nine times for her work as a casting director at NBC’s “Days of our Lives” by the Casting Society of America, has died. After reportedly feeling under the weather late Sunday, June 2, Bascom was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, where she died. A cause of death is not known at this time.
Former “DAYS” cast member, Farah Fath (ex-Mimi Lockhart; ex-Gigi Morasco, “One Life to Live”), and former “DAYS” head writer, Sheri Anderson, noted Bascom’s death on Twitter earler today.
In addition to her casting work on “DAYS,” Bascom also cast for a number of TV movies and popular sitcom “Designing Women.”
87-year-old “Dallas” actor Steve Forrest (ex-Wes Parmalee/Ben Stivers) passed away on Saturday, May 18 in Thousand Oaks, California. In addition to his primetime soap role, the Texas native — who was initially discovered by Hollywood legend Gregory Peck — was known for television roles in “S.W.A.T.,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Gunsmoke,” as well as for roles in films like “Prisoner of War” (opposite Ronald Reagan), “Heller In Pink Tights” (with Sophia Loren), “The Flaming Star” (with Elvis Presley) and “The Longest Day” (with John Wayne).
Forrest’s popular “S.W.A.T.” line, “Let’s roll!” has become a memorable catchphrase in modern culture.
It is with great sadness to report that Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless”) has died. The 84-year old actress, who has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks, died this morning in her hospital bed with her daughter by her side.
“Mom passed this morning. She was in peace and without fear. U all have been incredible in your love. In her name share it 2 day with others,” said Cooper’s son, Corbin Bernsen, in a message posted on his Twitter page just a short time ago. He later added a longer message to his followers on Facebook (see below).
According to a report by NBC New York and Gothamist.com, a staff member of ABC’s “The Chew” was murdered on Thursday, January 10 after being shot in the stomach near Macon Street and Throop Avenue in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn. Identified as Ivan Giovanettina, 41, the prop supervisor for the daytime talk show was taken to Kings County Hospital and pronounced dead. A recording of the suspected shooters was posted on YouTube in hopes of someone being able to help identify the perpetrators. The recording took place a few blocks away at Tompkins Avenue and Halsey Street. An arrest has yet to be made.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Bobbi Jordan, who had appeared for three years in the mid-1970s on “General Hospital” in the role of Terri Webber Arnett, has died. The actress died at her home in Encinitas, California on November 9 of an apparent heart attack. She was 75 years old.
In her role on “GH,” Jordan is probably best remembered for when her character crashed her car “after the wife of the man she was dating — just released from a sanitarium — tampered with her brakes. (Of course, he would operate on her to save her life.)”
A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, 939 Second St., Encinitas, CA 92024.