Life was too short, too fast, and indeed too furious for actor/director Paul Walker. On Sat., Nov. 30, it was confirmed unequivocally by the snopes.com web site that Walker, a star of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise was killed in a car accident today. An inglorious way to end a life, poignantly, Walker was a passenger in a friend’s Porsche “while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide,” according to his personal Facebook page. Paul Walker was only 30 years old.
The “Fast & Furious” series attracts a wide demographic of movie patrons, who live for action films, fast cars and tremendous driving skills, which appeal most especially to young men from 18–50. The cast includes Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, as Luke Hobbs, Jason Statham as Ian Shaw, Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, and Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz.
The “Fast & Furious 6” film was released May 24, 2013 and the plot revolves around “a crew who has to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all,” according to the IMDB data base. the next sequel is set for release in Jan., 2014.
Initially, when word of Paul Walker’s death in a car crash was spread on the Internet, a rogue web site, MediaMass, at first apparently reported that news of Walker’s passing was a hoax. It’s heartbreaking enough to have a popular young actor lose a life but to have the event convoluted by inferior gossip media and then later having it retracted by those social media bottom feeders is simply a case of adding insult to injury.
On Paul Walker’s Facebook page, the final words are:
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. -#TeamPW
Reach Out Worldwide is a “quick-response, mobile first aid organization aiding in rescue and recovery after major natural disasters around the globe.”
To this posting, shared just two hours ago at approximately 10:00 pm (CST), 348,531 people have already responded with the standard Facebook “like” acknowledgment. Walker has over 6,100,000 Facebook friends. That statistic is truly astonishing.
The popularity of Paul Walker as an actor is shown in just how popular the series has been to date, since the first installment, “The Fast and the Furious” debuted Jun. 22, 2001.
According to “The Numbers,” a web site that tracks box office totals, in the past 12 years the “Fast & Furious” series has grossed $2,380,433,529 worldwide and the “Fast & Furious 6” movie is still playing and all the preceding movies are in DVD sales and rentals as well.
An additional post by Walker’s friend (in response to the post on Paul’s page), Bill Townsend, adds more insight:
I was with Paul today. He was surrounded by friends, talking about cars, seeing hundreds of gifts brought for kids to give out by charity. The news is terribly sad. The world lost an angel and Heaven gained one. I’m going to commit to helping ensure the Paul’s charity lives on and that his love of cars and people, especially children, will be remembered forever.
The song in the video accompanying this story seems fitting for the occasion. Thanks to legitimate media for confirming the truth and shame on the bottom feeding media who interrupt the flow of actual news with their self-aggrandizing hype and misinformation. Paul Walker deserved much better than that.