Paul Walker’s sudden death in 2013 shocked not just Hollywood but the entire world. The star had become the favorite action hero for many moviegoers owing to his role in the street racing action film series Fast and Furious.
How much do you know about the stardom and death of the 40-year-old megastar? Here’s glimpse into the life of the amazing talent.
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Born in 1973, Paul Walker started his career with guest roles in numerous television shows, including Touched by an Angel and The Young and the Restless. In 1998, he appeared in the first hit film of his career, Pleasantville, where he worked with the like of Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon and William H. Macy. In the next two years, 1999 and 2000, he gave back to back three teen hits, Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999) and The Skulls (2000) made him a staple actor in the industry. Witherspoon and William H. Macy. In the next two years, 1999 and 2000, he gave back to back three teen hits, Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999) and The Skulls (2000) made him a staple actor in the industry.
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However, it was the 2001-blockbuster The Fast and The Furious which earned him international fame. The actor went on to portray the character of Brian O’Conner in the next six movies of the franchise, before dying in a gruesome car accident while filming Furious 7.
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Besides for his career in acting, Paul was also the face of several brands, such as Coty Prestige fragrance brand and Davidoff Cool Water for Men. The star was also famed for his charity work and was the founder of Reach Out Worldwide, an organization which works to provide relief to the victims of national disasters. He also starred in Expedition Great White a series on the National Geographic Channel.
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Paul Walker died on 30 November 2013 in a single-car accident while returning from an event for his charity. Around 3.30 pm, Walker and his good friend, Roger Rodas, left the event in a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. It was reported that the car was being driven at over 100 mph when it suddenly burst into flames. Also, the driver is said to have lost the control of the car for unknown reasons before colliding with the sidewalk, a tree, and a light post.
As per the coroner’s report, while the Fast and Furious-star died because of a combination of traumatic and thermal injuries, Rodas, who was driving the car at the moment, succumbed to multiple traumatic injuries. No sign of drugs or alcohol was found in any of the two men.
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In September 2015, Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker who was 16 years old at the time filed a wrongful death claim against the German-car manufacturer, Porsche. She sought unspecified damages for the automobile damages that allegedly contributed to the death of her father. Meadow’s attorney called Porsche Carrera GT “a dangerous car”, which does not belong on the street. Porsche came back with its own statements, claiming that Paul Walker was responsible for his own death. The alleged that the car the star was in had been “abused and altered”, and also that the crash resulted from reckless driving.
Though Porsche was cleared of all liabilities in the death of the actor, Meadow did win a legal battle when the court found the late Roger Rodas partly responsible for her father’s death and awarded her 10.1 million US dollars. While 7 million of it was to go to Meadow, 3 million went to her attorney, Jeff Milam.
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