07:43 PM EDT 12/04/2013
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 02:30PM
Autopsy results released Wednesday reveal that Paul Walker died from combined effects of the impact of the car crash and fire that followed.
His friend Roger Rodas, who witnesses say was driving the vehicle that crashed and killed both men on Saturday, died from multiple traumatic injuries.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner conducted an autopsy on both bodies on Tuesday. Both deaths were ruled accidents. A toxicology analysis is still pending and could take weeks to complete.
Walker and Rodas died after a special-edition Porsche crashed into a light pole, two trees and a sign noting the street's 45 m.p.h. speed limit.
An investigator says their car was going at least 90 m.p.h. when it crashed.
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.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00PM
Lea Michele is finding comfort in those closest to her and in her music.
"My family has experienced a lot of loss in their life and they've been so wonderful in being there for me and giving me the strength I need," the Glee star told PEOPLE at the L'Oreal Women of Worth event on Tuesday.
Michele, 27, who will release the first single, Cannonball, off her debut album on Dec. 10, says the song that she recorded in August following the loss of her boyfriend Cory Monteith is "more than just a song to me. It completely helped to lift me up at a time where I needed it."
Originally posted 12/04/2013 11:00AM
Fast & Furious star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were apparently going over 90 mph when their special-edition Porsche crashed, killing both of them, officials tell PEOPLE.
The car struck a light pole, two trees and a sign noting the street's 45 mph speed limit, but Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective Jeff Maag tells PEOPLE the driver "was doing well over 45 – [it's] fair to say at least twice that."
Maag says it will take days or even weeks to complete the investigation and conclude exactly how fast the car was going and whether any mechanical problems contributed to the crash. He noted that the coroner's office was awaiting dental records before officially confirming who was in the car – or at the wheel.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 02:00PM
Members of Paul Walker's stunned, grieving family as well as friends gathered Monday night to mourn at the site of the car crash that killed the actor over the weekend.
Police helped clear a space for Walker's loved ones amid other mourners and onlookers, Antonio Holmes, a body-shop worker who knew Walker through his Always Evolving racing team, tells PEOPLE. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Walker's Fast and Furious studio Universal obtained the necessary police permit for the gathering.
It was not immediately clear which family members attended. Walker is survived by his mother and father, two brothers, a sister and his 15-year-old daughter Meadow.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 08:00AM
Vin Diesel on Monday joined the throngs mourning Paul Walker at the site where he died, calling his Fast and the Furious costar an "angel" and a "brother" whose legacy would live on.
"If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time, and the family gets to see all of you show the love that you've shown Paul, it's going to stay with me forever," the actor, 46, told the crowd over a police car's loudspeaker in a video posted by KTLA-TV.
"I just wanted to say thank you," he added. "Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciated him."
Originally posted 12/02/2013 05:30PM
Jenni Rivera's new album will be released on Tuesday, almost a year after she was tragically killed in a plane crash in Mexico.
The record features songs from her last concert in Monterrey, Mexico, according to a release by Universal Group.
Rivera performed at the Monterrey Arena on Dec. 8, 2012, just before boarding a plane bound for Toluca, Mexico, which never arrived.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 03:00PM
Paul Walker's father has expressed the heartbreak he feels over his son's untimely death.
"I'm just glad that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him. And he said the same thing to me," Paul Walker Sr. said to CBS2's Greg Mills.
"His heart was so big," Walker Sr. added, "I was proud of him every day of his life."
Walker Sr. and his wife raised Paul and his three siblings in Sunland, Calif. "His brothers are all taking it pretty hard," he added.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 01:15PM
Paul Walker's final few hours were dedicated to people in need.
Before he lost his life in a car crash on Saturday, the actor attended his Reach Out WorldWide charity car show in Valencia, Calif., to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the Illinois tornados.
During his last few hours, the star was thrilled to see how many toys had been collected for the children suffering as a result of those devastating storms.
"He was excited because we got more toy donations than expected," Bill Townsend, 48, a friend of Walker's through the automotive scene, tells PEOPLE. "Paul said to me, 'The toy pile is twice as big as I thought it was going to be!' "
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