Paul Walker’s death is stirring a momentous web response from fans of the “Fast and the Furious” star. Walker, 40, died Saturday morning in a fiery car crash involving a cherry-red Porsche Carrera GT after “joy-riding” north of Los Angeles.
CNN on Wednesday also carried video 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 officially confirmed his death.
Amateur video posted to YouTube captured the fiery scene just moments after the crash. The video has been viewed over five million times as of the writing of this article.
CNN asks if Walker and the other occupant – identified as Roger Rodas – could have made it out of the car in those first 60 seconds.
“That's hard to tell,” writes CNN. “The two may have died on impact when the car struck the light pole. The answer might be clearer when the coroner's office releases its preliminary findings of the autopsies of the remains of two men.”
Using a police car's loudspeaker, actor Vin Diesel addressed a crowd of mourners that had gathered at the site, calling Walker an "angel up in Heaven." Fans have made nightly gatherings this week and left mementos on Hercules Street near Constellation Road in the Rye Canyon Business Park in Valencia, California – the spot of Walker’s sudden death.
Walker's father, Paul Walker Sr., choked back tears Monday, saying to CNN affiliate KCAL that his son’s “heart was so big... I was proud of him every day of his life.”
CNN on Tuesday also profiled Walker’s friend and the driver of the Porsche, Roger Rodas, who was the owner of Always Evolving, a racing shop in Los Angeles where the Porsche was housed. Rodas was married with two small children.
Walker’s family issued a statement, asking that in lieu of flowers or other purchases of condolence, fans donate to Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). The actor was at a benefit for the charity just before he died.
“It's comforting for them to know that the son, brother, and father they love so much is equally adored, respected, and appreciated by so many,” the statement said. “Paul founded the organization with the genuine desire to help others, and it's important to his family to keep his memory alive through ROWW.”