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Originally posted 12/10/2013 10:15AM
The limited-edition Porsche Carrera GT that Paul Walker and Roger Rodas crashed in was an unusually powerful and intricately designed sports car – and one of Rodas's favorites, an auto technician who maintained and rode in the car tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Jason Doornick, 25, who serviced the high-performance vehicles at Always Evolving, Rodas's custom car shop in Valencia, Calif., says he conducted a 350-point inspection of the 2005 Porsche a couple of weeks before the single-car wreck that killed both men. He says the car had only a few thousand miles on it and seemed fine.
"As far as I know, I was the last one to touch it," Doornick tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 12/08/2013 06:30PM
A chorus of whirring engines paid tribute to the late Paul Walker Sunday as thousands gathered at the Santa Clarita, Calif., crash site where the actor died last Saturday.
Many mourners arrived in high-performance vehicles, a nod to Walker's star turn in The Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as his personal love of cars. Several vehicles Walker drove in the movies were on display in a church parking lot near the crash site, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Walker died alongside friend Roger Rodas after the Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving careened into a light pole and tree, then burst into flames. An autopsy confirmed Walker, 40, died of "traumatic and thermal injuries." Authorities say speed played a role in the crash.
Originally posted 12/07/2013 03:25PM
Of all the many tributes to Paul Walker over the past week, the one from his Fast & Furious crewmates resonated most with readers.
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Originally posted 12/07/2013 10:50AM
Vin Diesel cemented his devotion to his brother on Friday in a heartbreaking Facebook post honoring his close friend and Fast & Furious costar, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday.
Diesel explained that he jumped on a plane and made a beeline to Walker's mother's house directly after hearing the news of his death. His reaction after they embraced in grief appears to have simultaneously surprised, touched and shattered the action star.
"His mother hugged me and said, 'I am so sorry,' " he wrote in a post that has already garnered more than five million likes. "I said, 'Sorry? You're the mother who lost a son' ... She said 'Yes, but you lost your other half.' "
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 12/04/2013 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.
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 07:00AM
Like many family members and friends, Tyrese Gibson continues to struggle with the untimely death of Paul Walker in a car crash on Saturday.
Gibson posted a heartfelt message to his Facebook account on Tuesday, mourning his Fast and the Furious costar.
"In moments like this, it feels – it feels like death has won. But the Bible says that love is stronger than death," Gibson wrote, paraphrasing a funeral sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
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.
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