The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed Paul Walker, 40, died as the result of traumatic and thermal injuries and Roger Rodas died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered in the November 30, 2013 single-car crash in Valencia, CA. The coroner also confirmed that Walker was the passenger and Rodas was driving the Porsche Carrera GT at the time of the accident.
Walker, best known for his role in the Fast and Furious films, was on a break from shooting Fast and Furious 7 on the day of the accident. The fate of that unfinished film is up in the air, with Universal Pictures putting the film on indefinite hold following a meeting on December 2, 2013 to discuss the status of the production and the possibility of completing the film without Walker. The studio just released this statement regarding the next Fast and Furious installment:
"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."
Universal Pictures also announced they'll be donating a percentage of the sales from Fast & Furious 6 on Blu-ray and DVD to Walker's charity Reach Out WorldWide. Walker was attending an event supporting the non-profit he founded on the day of the fatal accident.
"With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others. We share in the deep grief of his family, friends and the countless fans who love him," stated Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. "We keep Paul's memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit he founded to give hope to those who must rebuild after they have experienced natural disasters."
Paul Walker's family would also like to request that donations be made in his memory to Reach Out WorldWide in lieu of flowers and/or gifts.
Here's the official description of Reach Out Worldwide: "Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW)--consisting of skilled volunteers--is a non-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization. While part of a relief team responding to the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, actor/producer Paul Walker saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations. Following the trip he contacted a group of his friends to assist him in forming ROWW with the purpose of filling this unmet need.
ROWW is a network of committed professionals with first responder skill-set (including project management, logistics, heavy equipment operation, EMT, paramedic, firefighting and healthcare, etc.). The volunteers provide their expertise when disasters strike and augment local resources with the goal of accelerating relief efforts on a worldwide basis. ROWW has developed Standard Operating Procedures that facilitate arriving quickly, clearing access, providing basic necessities and medical assistance to ease the survivors' pain and bringing hope in the bleakest of circumstances.
ROWW operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person's life, the world has been changed for the better. "
Visit www.roww.org for more information.
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