He was on his way to a charity event, he was with a group of friends, his car was going fast.
Paul Walker—known for his generosity, his free-spirit, and hanging out with the guys—crashed his Porsche into a tree and was killed Saturday. He was 40.
On a personal note, I've interviewed the blond-haired, blue-eyed actor at least a half dozen times, mostly for his "Fast and Furious" films and once for "Into the Blue" and each time he was amazingly personable and stunningly handsome. Each time he walked into the room for an interview for "Fast and Furious" he'd say "Here we are again!" At one point he simply said, "Fast cars, handsome guys, people die, interview over" and pretend like he was getting up to leave the interview.
Walker loved to talk about growing up in Glendale locally, and how he imagined being an actor as a young boy, and how he was living his dream. He talked about going on the Universal Studios backlot tour as a boy, and how weird it was to know that now his movies are a part of that tour.
His friendship with Vin Diesel was palpable and they often attended events together and they were not uncomfortable to be arm in arm. I remember more than one fellow junketeer coming out of interviews with the two of them remarking how they seemed "uncomfortably close" and I asked Walker about it.
"Do I have a bromance with Vin Diesel? Of course I do, haven't you met him?" Walker grinned. (Then, by the time "Fast and Furious 5" rolled around, his bromance switched to Tyrese.)
Walker was riding with a friend as a passenger in the car during the accident, and police are investigating the cause. They did say speed was a factor in early reports. Two people were killed in that fiery crash in Valencia, just outside of the San Fernando Valley. Both were dead at the scene.
Roger Rodas, a friend of Walker's who was running the charity event, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera that crashed, and he also died in the accident. Rodas owned a car dealership not far from the site.
At the scene there are candles and flowers at the crash site. Teary fans are giving interviews of memories at the scene.
Walker has a 15-year-old daughter Meadow Rain and wasn't married.
His co-stars and friends Tweeted out messages almost immediately:
"Your humble spirit was felt from the start," Tweeted Ludacris. "Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers."
"Brother I will miss you very much," Diesel said in a post on Instagram, adding "I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."
"Heavy heavy heart tonight. Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family."—Olivia Wilde
Universal Studios wrote: "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."
"much love to paul walker. So sad. He gave a lot of joy" wrote James Franco.
"Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters. A real life tragedy if there ever was one."— Rachael Leigh Cook
"I'm a devastated right now. My prayers & condolences go out to Paul Walkers family & friends. He was a amazing talent & will truly b missed."—Kevin Hart
"Tyson Beckford: RIP Paul Walker, loved working with you on "Into the Blue," wrote Beckford.
"My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this, cause I just don't understand My heart hurts it's broken no one can convince me that this is real....Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family."—Tyrese
"Sick about the tragic loss of #PaulWalker. I enjoyed our time together very much. Such a really nice guy,"—Carson Daly.
"Sad and shocked to hear about Paul Walker. Knew him. Liked him. Rest in peace."—Scott Foley
"No. No. No. Rest with the angels."—Alyssa Milano
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