12:12 AM EDT 12/07/2013
Originally posted 12/07/2013 10:00AM
Of all the many tributes to Paul Walker over the past week, the one from his Fast & Furious crewmates resonated most with readers.
And of all the glad tidings of the season, the Grinch-iest seemed reserved for a certain reality show family.
Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, and angry – to wow.
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Originally posted 12/06/2013 03:10PM
Heartfelt and passionate tributes continued to flow in from around the world following the death of South African president and global human-rights icon Nelson Mandela.
"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him," Oprah Winfrey Tweeted, posting a photo on Instagram of their time together.
"He was everything you've ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke," Oprah said. "Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."
Originally posted 12/06/2013 02:20PM
Like so many others who knew Paul Walker personally, Gerard Butler is mourning the untimely loss of the actor.
Originally posted 12/06/2013 09:35AM
Detectives arrested a teenager Thursday accused of stealing some wreckage from the Porsche that Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash, and a second suspect was planning to turn himself in, authorities said.
The theft occurred as the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was being towed from the accident scene Saturday night, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
The investigation led detectives to Jameson Witty, 18, who was arrested at his home in Los Angeles and was being held on $20,000 bail, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. A second suspect, a 25-year-old man whose name has not been released, was outside California and arranging to surrender, the statement said.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 05:55PM
A great leader has died – and within minutes, people who knew Nelson Mandela and many others, who only knew of his fight for freedom in South Africa and for people around the world, lit up social media sites like Twitter and Instagram to express their condolences and pay their respects.
Madela passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
"The founding President of our democratic nation has departed," the current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, using Mandela's tribal name, said in an address to the nation. "He passed on peacefully in the company of his family ... on the 5th of December 2013. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Originally posted 12/05/2013 04:55PM
Nelson Mandela, who heroically symbolized the longstanding fight against South Africa's white supremacist government – and rose from its victimized prisoner to his nation's powerful and compassionate leader – has died, according to South African President Jacob Zuma.
He was 95.
"My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013," Zuma said in a statement.
"He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss."
Originally posted 12/05/2013 09:05AM
It's no secret that the cast of the Fast & Furious franchise was extremely close, as was reflected in the on-screen chemistry that helped make the action series so successful.
This, too, is what no doubt accounts for making this Paul Walker tribute video, which the franchise released on its official YouTube channel Wednesday, so affecting.
Set to "Coming Home" by P.Diddy, and running slightly more than two minutes, the video is neither maudlin nor overwrought. It's simple, artful and genuine – which is exactly why it's the perfect tribute to Walker.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 08:00AM
Almost 10 years later, Kyle and Kristen Upham are still bowled over by Paul Walker's unbelievable generosity – after he changed their lives with a single gesture.
The couple were shopping for an engagement ring in a Santa Barbara, Calif., jewelry store in 2004, when Walker overheard them talking about a gorgeous ring – one they couldn't afford, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Walker bought the $9,000 ring for them, then slipped away without a word.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 06:20PM
He may have been a movie star, but friends say the role Paul Walker cherished most was Dad.
At the time of his tragic death on Saturday, the actor was living with daughter Meadow, 15, full time and loving every minute as an involved father.
"He told me recently he was the happiest he'd ever been," close friend Brandon Birtell tells PEOPLE. "It was directly because of the growing relationship with his daughter and the clarity that brought to his life."
Originally posted 12/04/2013 03:10PM
As producers figure out how to complete the current production of the The Fast and the Furious franchise after Paul Walker's tragic death, the film’s stars continue to mourn and remember their friend.
Costar Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson told Entertainment Weekly that Walker was an actor who tried to avoid the spotlight.
"That was one of the interesting things about Paul: his reservations about being in the spotlight and being a star, whatever the definition of that may be," he said.
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