Paul Walker is perhaps best known for his roles in the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise. As his Twitter profile describes him, Walker was an "Outdoorsman, ocean addict, adrenaline junkie." Unfortunately, that spirit of adventure and love of adrenaline seems to have lead to the actor's untimely death. The 40-year-old man died, somewhat ironically, in a terrible, fiery car crash that also killed the car's driver and Walker's friend, Roger Rodas. The tragic incident initiated a time of grief for many, and also put a hold on production of the latest installment in the series, "Fast and Furious 7."
Walker's autopsy was revealed on Wednesday, and revealed that the man's death had been quick. Walker's cause of death was described as a result of "the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries." This raised questions with many grieving fans and loved ones; could Walker have been alive for a short period after the crash, perishing only once the flames engulfed the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT being driven by Rodas? Coroners gave few details in their report, and a spokesperson declined to comment on the possibility that Walker did not die upon impact.
The deaths of both men have been deemed accidental in nature, although toxicology reports have not been confirmed, yet. They may take up to eight weeks to process and become complete. Police reports and statements indicate that Rodas and Walker were not involved in a drag race, as had been implied by some sources. It is believed that Roads lost control of the vehicle after coming on too fast to a sharp curve in the road where the fatal accident took place.
Walker's Twitter team has reached out to grieving fans and loved ones, urging them to donate to Walker's preferred charity, rather than sending flowers and gifts to the funeral and grieving family.
[Image courtesy of Paul Walker's official Twitter.]
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 2, 2013