One week ago today actor Paul Walker (ex-Brandon Collins, “The Young and the Restless”) died in a fiery car accident that also took the life of his friend Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving, who was driving the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at the time when it crashed into a tree and exploded. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Walker died from “the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,” while Rodas died as a result of “multiple traumatic injuries.” In memory of Walker, producers behind “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise, which he was best known for, published a tribute video (seen below) of the actor on its official YouTube page. The video has currently amassed 16.7 million views worldwide.
The Medical Examiner stated that both deaths have been officially ruled an accident.
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’”