In Loving Memory of Paul Walker, Fast and Furious Releases Tribute Video
The Fast and Furious franchise is celebrating the life of Paul Walker, who died Saturday in a car crash, with an emotional YouTube video set to Diddy and Skylar Grey’s “Coming Home.”
Walker played undercover agent Brian O’ Conner in the Fast and Furious films, which have earned $2.3 billion worldwide since 2001. The heartbreaking tribute is a reel of scenes.
“The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room, right here, right now,” Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, says in one scene. “Salute, mi familia.”
Walker died after the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he and driver Roger Rodas — a friend and owner of car-customization shop Always Evolving — were riding in crashed and caught fire in Santa Clarita, Calif. Officials say speed was a factor in Walker’s accident.
On Wednesday, a preliminary autopsy from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported that Walker died from “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,” meaning he survived the initial crash but died after the car was engulfed in flames. The coroner’s office said Rodas died from “traumatic injuries” caused by the impact of the crash.
Filming for Fast & Furious 7, which was slated to arrive in theaters in July, has been put on hold indefinitely, Universal Pictures announced Wednesday.
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
Universal encourages fans to donate to Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide in lieu of flowers and gifts. His costars have shared memories and condolences on social media.