Actor/Philanthropist Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) lost his life in a devastating car crash over the weekend. Millions now mourn the loss of the handsome blonde hair blue eyed actor that captivated audiences on the big screen.
If you were wondering, Walker was saved. In a 2005 USA Today article the California native says he grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but eventually left the Mormon faith. According to Walker’s biography on IMDb he became a Christian later in life.
“I’m a Christian now. The things that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions. The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snow boarding and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away.”
Walker, 40, was attending a charity event for the typhoon victims in the Philippines. His organization Reach Out Worldwide aided in the recovery efforts. His good friend Roger Rodas came to the fundraiser in Valencia and the two drove away in a 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT according to Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden.
Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the car crashed into a light pole and tree then burst into flames. Sheriff’s deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the site. Both the driver and the passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
Walker’s death was later confirmed by both the publicist and his family. Their statements expressed their shock and their ‘beyond belief’ sadness after hearing the news. His daughter Meadown Rain Walker has posted comments on social media, asking for prayers and recalling fond memories of her father.
Walker was raised in a Mormon household in Glendale, Calif. He later went to Village Christian High School. According to Bill Townsend, a friend of Walker, Walker “dedicated so much of his life to helping disadvantaged kids and people who are in need, with his charity recently assisting tornado victims in the Midwest and in the Philippines.”
The actor, who also starred in “Pleasantville,” “Varsity Blues,” and “Into the Blues,” was working on the seventh film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. His co-stars, including Vin Diesel and Ludacris, have all expressed their grief over the lost of their friend and fellow co-star.
Ludacris wrote on Twitter, “Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,…” “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless,” wrote “Furious” co-lead actor Diesel. “Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
The star is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, whom he had with his ex-girlfriend Rebecca McBrain.