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12/2/2013 (7 months ago)

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Walker and friend killed instantly after their car struck, burst into flames

Actor Paul Walker, perhaps best known for his role sin the "Fast & Furious" series has died in a traffic accident. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department investigators says that "speed was a factor" in the single-car collision that took the life of Walker and friend Roger Rodas early Sunday.

Playing an undercover LAPD officer, Paul Walker's automotive knowledge came in handy for his interaction with Vin Diesel's character in the 'Fast & Furious' film series.

Playing an undercover LAPD officer, Paul Walker's automotive knowledge came in handy for his interaction with Vin Diesel's character in the "Fast & Furious" film series.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/2/2013 (7 months ago)

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Keywords: Paul Walker, Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel, traffic accident, death


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Walker and Rodas' 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was "engulfed in flames" when deputies arrived at the scene in Valencia, California. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Forty-year-old Walker has been confirmed as one of the victims. Thirty-eight-year-old Rodas, the CEO of an auto-performance shop and a driver in the Pirelli World Challenge series has been identified as the other victim. Both bodies were burned beyond recognition.

The Porsche allegedly crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The accident occurred immediately after Walker attended a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

The "Fast & Furious" star was on Thanksgiving hiatus from filming the latest installment of the film franchise. Walker is survived by his daughter, Meadow Rain, who just turned 15.

Fellow actor Vin Diesel mourned the passing of his friend on Instagram, posting a photo of the two together. He wrote: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

Bill Townsend, CEO and founder of PacAirVentures, a developer of entertainment centers, posted a photo of himself taken with Walker just two hours before the accident.

"He was surrounded by friends, talking about cars, seeing hundreds of gifts brought for kids to give out by charity," Townsend wrote on Walker's Facebook page. "The news is terribly sad. The world lost an angel and Heaven gained one. I'm going to commit to helping ensure (that) Paul's charity lives on and that his love of cars and people, especially children, will be remembered forever."

The eldest of five siblings in a working-class Mormon household in Glendale, Calif. Walker's mother, a former model began taking him to auditions as a toddler. 

Appearing in a diaper as at the age of two. Walker had numerous small television and film roles before starring in 1998's "Meet the Deedles." He also appeared in "Pleasantville," "Varsity Blues," "She's All That," and "The Skulls."

It was only after Walker was cast alongside Diesel in the first "Fast & Furious" street-racing movie, that he became a known star. Playing an undercover LAPD officer, Brian O'Conner, his automotive knowledge comes in handy as he interacts with Diesel's character. Walker would return for all of the sequels except for 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."

Walker was working on "Fast & Furious 7," which would chronologically fall after the events of "Tokyo Drift" at the time of his death. Set for release in July 2014, Walker's death leaves that film's future uncertain.

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