Hollywood actor Paul Walker dies in car accident this past Saturday.
By Camila Tabar and Patricia Rivera, Staff Writers
Hollywood heartthrob and “Fast and Furious” star, Paul Walker, died in an explosive car crash, along with the CEO of Always Evolving, Roger Rodas, on Saturday, Nov. 30.
After a charity event in Santa Clarita, the two sped out of control and rammed into a pole, reported the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. The car erupted into flames, and both of the men were killed.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Rodas’ $450,000, 2005 Porsche Carrera GT has a reputa- tion for being difficult to drive. That, coupled with dangerous speeding, is likely what led to Saturday’s fatal crash. Outside of his movies, Walker had always been a vocal car enthusiast and self-proclaimed “speed demon”.
When TMZ first broke the story, this tragically ironic acci- dent left the public confused and skeptical. Many news outlets reported that Walker was the vic- tim of a death hoax the day before his actual accident, joining the ranks of many other celebrities, such as Kanye West.
“I was at work… we could actually smell the body. It was horrible,” said Krista Wyly, a business major. “We didn’t know who it was or what the smell was. It was just horrible.”
People did not know if the news of his death was just a hor- rible coincidence or the snowball- ing of a tasteless joke. However, according to Just Jared, the news of this death hoax is a hoax itself— the result of an automatic eulogy generator that creates fake stories for any celebrity of your choosing. It was finally confirmed by his publicist that the action star is, indeed, dead.
Fans everywhere are swarm- ing social media with grieving posts on the sudden loss of their handsome leading man. Friends and family of Walker have put out public statements in honor of him as well.
Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker, and his longtime girl- friend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell.
They ask that the public make donations to Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide, and pay their respects by supporting his cause. ROWW is an organization that reaches out to communities suffering in the aftermath of natu- ral disasters.
Walker’s film “Hours” will be opening in December, but shooting for “Fast & Furious 7” has been postponed indefinitely.
“I watched the first ‘Fast and Furious’ with my family,” Wyly said. “It will be interesting to see what happens with the seventh.”