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Paul Walker autopsy: Death from 'traumatic, thermal injuries' in 100 mph crash

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Paul Walker’s autopsy results have been released, reports Fox News on Friday. According to the Los Angeles County coroner, Walker’s official cause of death has been listed as “traumatic and thermal injuries.”

Walker’s friend, driver Roger Rodas, is listed as having died from “multiple traumatic injuries.”

The pair were driving a cherry-red Porsche Carrera GT on Nov. 30 of last year when the car crashed into a tree and burst shortly thereafter into flames. Investigators said “The Fast and Furious” actor and Rodas were traveling in excess of 100 mph. The posted speed limit where they were driving was only 45.

CNN carried video last month that showed the raging car fire did not erupt until approximately one minute after the Porsche ran head-on into a light pole.

Debate had sparked initially that the entire crash and death report were a hoax, but talk of a ruse quickly diminished when Walker’s agent and the coroner at the scene officially confirmed his death.

The coroner confirmed that both men died “within seconds” of the crash.

The details are grisly.

Walker's body was charred to the point that his organs had essentially melted within his body. The coroner’s office said Walker was found to be in a "pugilistic stance," as if bracing for impact. Dozens of fractures were listed for both men. Rodas suffered a blunt force head injury so intense that a portion of his brain was exposed.

Toxicology results are still pending, and could take several more weeks until they are available. In the meantime, theories as to the cause of the crash continue to run rampant, though speed was clearly a factor in the horrific crash.

Witnesses have said that the Porsche blew a tire; others have said that skid marks would seem to indicate the pair were performing stunts shortly before Rodas lost control.

The Porsche belonged to the Always Evolving Performance Motors, located down Constellation Road north of Hollywood, not far from the scene of the crash. The company was hosting a charity drive, the benefits of which were to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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