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“Fast and Furious” Star Dies in Car Crash; Was Known to Have a Heart to Help Others

By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service, December 2, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA. – Hollywood actor Paul Walker died in a fatal car accident Saturday afternoon.

Paul Walker

According to a news release from the Christians News Service made available to the ASSIST News Service, it’s reported Walker and friend Roger Rodas died in Southern California after crashing a Porsche they were driving into a light pole and a tree. Witnesses claim the red sports car then burst into flames.

Walker’s publicist Ame van Iden confirmed his death.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office stated that speed was a factor in the crash in which Walker was the passenger. Rodas became friends with Walker after meeting at a racetrack, and became his financial advisor in 2007 when the two established Reach Out Worldwide (

In a cruel twist, rumors circulated Friday the star had been killed in a hoax. Fans were shocked to learn his death happened for real on Saturday.While Walker, 40, was best known for his role in the Fast and Furious movie series, he had a heart for helping others. Apparently the actor had attended an event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan. An official statement on the actor’s Facebook page ( reads, “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.”The statement continued, “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.”Bill Townsend, entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of the Las Vegas-based Pacairventures, and chairman of Amati Foundation, mourned the death of his friend.”I was with Paul today,” the release reported Townsend said. “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.”

Universal Pictures, the studio behind “The Fast and Furious” franchise, said in a statement, “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the “Fast and Furious” films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

In a 2005 USA Today article (, the California native said he grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but eventually left the Mormon faith.

According to Walker’s biography on IMDB ( “I’m a Christian now. The things that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions. The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snow boarding and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away.”

At the time of his death, Walker, who also starred in “Pleasantville” and “Varsity Blues,” was in production on the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

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Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “A Sheltered Life.”Additional details on “A Sheltered Life” are available at Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds

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