A Star Dims Over Hollywood: A Tribute to Paul Walker

December 5, 2013


At 40 years old, the time came too soon. But for Paul Walker, the blue-eyed actor known for his speedy role in the Fast & the Furious film franchise, it was his time.

On Saturday, the world was forced to say good-bye to the star when he and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a tragic car accident. Walker had been at a holiday toy donation event for Reach Out Worldwide, the charity he operated, when he and Rodas decided to go for a spin inside a red Porsche Carerra GT. Driving through the Santa Clarita, California streets in the bask of an afternoon sun, something went awry as Rodas crashed into a light pole. Moments later, the car caught fire.

Autopsy reports indicate that, while Rodas suffered “multiple traumatic injuries” and likely passed away on impact, the same might not have been the case for Walker. It’s possible that he survived the crash, only to see peril when flames engulfed the car.

Regardless of how it came about, the demise of Walker has moved the nation. Support from family, friends, and fans of all kinds has been flooding the media in droves, and hundreds of flowers and tokens of appreciation have already been placed at the sight of his death. On Sunday, an official tribute for the actor and his friend has been set up by SoCal Car Meets. Over 4,500 people have RSVPed on Facebook to the event, which hopes to give fans the chance to pay their respects to Walker and Rodas and remember together the effects of this tragedy.

As for the folks at Universal Studios, they’ve now found themselves in a bit of a bind, as Walker’s untimely death has meant the production of Fast & the Furious 7 has now been delayed as executives attempt to figure out what to do next.

It seems, however, as if resuming production is the last thing on their minds. In a statement released to Us Weekly, the studio has expressed its position at this difficult time:

“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”

In addition to the statement, the franchise posted a tribute video on its official YouTube page, in which Walker’s highlights are displayed against J. Cole and Skylar Grey’s “I’m Coming Home”. You can view the video here.

From everyone here at WeKnowTheDJ, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Walker and Rodas.


-Shelley DeHekker


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