Published January 8, 2014 by Mary McShane
This hub contains videos and reports that may be disturbing.
Paul Walker 1973-2013
Gone Too Soon
Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, died in a fiery car crash November 30, 2013. The details of the coroner's final report were not presented until more than a month later. This article shares links and videos to recap the life and death of Paul Walker, a star who is gone too soon.
The final 15 page coroner's report was issued on January 3, 2014, marking the close of the month long investigation. There has been much speculation on the cause of the car crash: who was driving, how long did the passengers live before they died, and if they were wearing seatbelts.
Initial reports suggested that the computer system in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT had somehow failed. Various news sources reported the car spun out of control while speeding more than 90 miles per hour going around a notorious curve of road. Still more reports say that Paul Walker was driving the vehicle. He was not. He had sold the car to his financial manager, Roger Rodas, and he was the driver of the car.
After examining the car's throttle system, the airbag deployment, the toxicology reports on both passengers, and video from security cameras, it was determined that none of these factored into the death of Paul Walker, age 40 and Roger Rodas, age 38.
Roger Rodas, was speeding over 100 miles per hour, and according to the report and corresponding surveillance video from nearby buildings, it slammed into a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames.
The report goes on to say:
"For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began to travel in a southeast direction. The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver's side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. The force of those collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees, and it continued to travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames."
The autopsy revealed "scant soot" in Walker's trachea, suggesting his life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the car. More than fifty YouTube videos about his death have been uploaded, many are duplicated from one another. Some claim that their videos, with millions of views, have even caught the star's dead body engulfed in flames. They are hoaxes and only meant to garner more views, since many enthusiasts with YouTube accounts also have Adsense accounts and get paid for each click. With views numbering in the millions, imagine how much they are collecting!
Paul Walker IV was the son of a fashion model and a two time Golden Gloves fighter, was part Irish and part German. He was the oldest of five children and raised in the Church of Latter Day Saints in the San Fernando Valley, CA. After appearing in Pampers diaper commercials as a toddler, he started modeling at age two. Paul's big screen film career began in 1986 with a silly horror spoof movie called Monster In The Closet.
He graduated high school in 1991 and attended several colleges to major in marine biology. Each time acting called him back, he dropped out of courses. After working two years on the soap opera The Young & Restless in the character Brandon Collins, he enrolled in Santa Barbara City College to try once again for his degree in marine biology.
In 1999, he and his then girlfriend Rebecca McBrain had a baby girl named Meadow Rain. She lived in Hawaii with her mother until 2011 when she moved in with Walker at his home in California.
Paul Walker died on November 30, 2013 in a car crash on a notoriously dangerous curve of highway in Valencia, Santa Clarita CA. His financial advisor Roger Rodas owned and was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT which was reportedly speeding at over 100 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. Both were declared dead at the scene. Walker's ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in CA.
Fast and Furious 7 was not completed at the time of his death. His brother Cody Walker was asked to stand in so they could finish the film.
Latest as of 1/7/2014
Emily Longeretta from website Hollywoodlife.com reports on December 27, 2013 that a website has been set up stating that Paul Walker faked his death. Both this report and the website has extremely upset his family and his girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, who is 16 years younger than Paul.
Earlier Longeretta reported that the Walker family is feuding over Paul's $45 million estate and that his former girlfriend and mother of his child, Rebecca McBrain stated she should receive part of the fortune.
Gossip websites with these types of reports nearly always cite than "an insider" has given them the story. One should be as suspicious of these outlandish claims as the YouTube videos mentioned above which are clearly to get more views.
Paul Walker leaves behind two brothers, two sisters, his parents, one daughter, Meadow Rain, age 15 and his girlfriend at the time of his death Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, age 23, who dated Paul for seven years.years old. Paul Walker was 40 when he died.
February 4, 2014 - It was revealed in the Los Angeles Times today that Paul Walker's estimated $25 million estate was left to his only child, 15 year old daughter, Meadow. His father is the executor of his estate and his mother is the estate's financial manager until Meadow becomes 18 years old. No other family members were mentioned in his will, per the LA Times article.
© Mary McShane
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Mary McShane (author) from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 24, 2014:
@misterhollywood, it is very sad, especially for his daughter. Thank you for following me and for commenting here.
John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on August 23, 2014:
Great hub. I'm a huge fan of PW. Sad he's gone
Mary McShane (author) from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 09, 2014:
@ mylindaelliott - thank you for reading :)
mylindaelliott from Louisiana on January 09, 2014:
Very nice article. It's so sad to have lost him.