09:43 AM EDT 01/15/2014
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.
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.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 04:30PM
Filming of Fast & Furious 7 was canceled Monday while producers scrambled to re-chart the future of the wildly successful franchise after the car-crash death of star Paul Walker.
Director James Wan has been on the phone with executives at Universal and producer Neal Moritz to discuss the status of the film, currently on location in Atlanta with about half the movie already shot, according to reports.
The big-budget film also stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson and was scheduled for release on July 11, 2014.
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 11:35AM
Paul Walker's tragic car crash on Saturday has left his Fast & Furious costars in mourning and a visibly distraught Tyrese Gibson in tears when he visited the crash scene on Sunday.
Gibson arrived with a flower in his hand and posted a photo to Instagram of himself at the scene holding a piece of the wreckage.
"I will keep your energy with me forever #AshesOfAnAngel fast family around the world we live you and we love you Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and were gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever #myhearthurtssobad," he wrote.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 08:10AM
Onscreen and off, Paul Walker loved the adrenaline rush of racing cars. But some of his time behind the wheel was quieter – and even closer to his heart.
Driving his daughter, Meadow Rain, to school in the morning, "I just shut up, sit back and stay quiet," he told PEOPLE in 2011, when she was about to turn 13. "She opens up and reveals a whole lot. The trick is to not ask questions, just listen. I'm figuring it out."
Walker, who died in a car crash on Saturday, was a proud and devoted father to Meadow, who turned 15 in November. Tragically, witnesses say, she was on hand to support her dad at his Reach Out Worldwide charity car show in Santa Clarita, Calif., when Walker and friend Roger Rodas left for a spin in a Porsche Carrera GT and never came back.
Originally posted 12/01/2013 12:45AM
Paul Walker, who died in a car crash on Saturday afternoon in Valencia, Calif., was best known for his roles in The Fast and the Furious films, but there were so many in Hollywood who knew him as more than the franchise's Brian O'Conner.
Friends and colleagues flooded Twitter with tributes to the father of one, who got his start as a child actor in commercials and went on to make appearances in shows like Charles in Charge, Who's the Boss and The Young and the Restless.
"My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real," his friend and costar Tyrese posted on Instagram.
Originally posted 12/01/2013 11:00AM
Hours after the fiery car crash that killed Paul Walker, the 40-year-old star of the Fast and Furious movie franchise, and another man, details from eye witnesses and police have emerged to show that the accident occurred during a charity car show that went horribly wrong.
"We were collecting toys for the Indiana tornado victims and the Philippine [typhoon] victims," says Jim Torp, who attended the event held by Always Evolving, a Valencia, Calif.-based automotive company. "There were dozens of high-end race cars and custom-built cars on display."
As the car show was winding down, Walker, whose 15-year-old daughter Meadow Rain also was at the event, got into a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT with the car's driver, Always Evolving owner Roger Rodas.
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