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Paul Walker in pugilistic stance, and fate of his character in 'Fast & Furious'

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Paul Walker’s cause of death was released by the Los Angeles County Coroner Office’s report released on Friday. The “Fast and Furious” actor, and his friend Roger Rodas were reportedly traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when Walker’s Porsche crashed into a tree, nearly split in two, and burst into flames in Santa Clarita on Nov. 30, 2013, according to an Inquisitr report on Saturday. They were both in pugilistic stance at the time of death.

The official report from the coroner’s office states that Roger Rodas lost control of the vehicle – a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The reason that he lost control is not known. When losing control of the car, it was eastbound in an industrial area on Hercules Street. The car spun, drifted south, and then the driver’s side hit the street’s curb. After hitting the curb, the car struck a tree, a light pole, and then spun around 180 degrees before hitting another tree and exploding into fire.

The two passengers died almost immediately. Walker experienced severe blunt head, neck and chest trauma which killed him. Additionally he sustained a broken arm, wrist, ribs, and jaw. His body had been burned beyond recognition. The other passenger died of much the same type of injuries, in addition to a fractured skull.

The report from the coroner’s office indicates that both passengers were in a pugilistic stance which means they were braced for impact. Pugilistic stance is a defensive position as a boxer’s stance. It involves a flexing of elbows, knees, hip, and neck, as well as a clenching of hands into a fist. It is caused in high-temperatures in fire which involves the stiffening and shortening of muscles. It can happen even if a person was dead before the fire occurs in an accident.

As far as the next “Fast and Furious” movie which is to be released April 10 of 2015, it has been reported that Universal Pictures will keep Paul Walker in the film. For distance shots, his brother Cody may step in as a replacement in the film. For close-ups of Walker needed in the future production of the latest installment of “Fast and Furious,” CGI – or computer-generated imagery – will be utilized. CGI is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in films and other media. Walker’s character will reportedly not be killed off, but instead, the character will be retired from the series of movies after “Fast and Furious 7.”

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