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Sunday, 1 December 2013

RIP Paul Walker (1973-2013)

A brief tribute to a man whose impact on Hollywood and the action genre is eternal.
It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Paul Walker, who left us today on December 1st. The 40-year old actor was tragically killed in a car crash along with his friend after their attending a charity gala, and our thoughts and bereavements go out to both of their afflicted families.

Walker's career as a Hollywood actor and a television thespian was illustrious and plentiful, his most prominently successful performances heralding from his various appearances in the Fast and Furious film franchise. Tokyo Drift was the only instalment in the action series in which he did not feature, and even at the time of his passing, Walker was hard at work on initial production for Fast & Furious 7. That he will never have the chance to complete his portrayal of protagonist Brian O'Connor is a crime in itself, that Walker can never again know the passion he inspired in his followers all the more heartbreaking. Nevertheless, Paul Walker will never be forgotten by his friends, his family or his industry, and nor should we neglect Roger Rodas, whose life was extinguished too soon also at just 38. Rest in peace, Paul and Roger.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and Roger's families in this time of deep grief and necessary cherishing of the time they spent in both men's company. Forty years is but a moment upon this Earth, but the influence both of these souls had in their public and private lives was profound, and this is an immeasurably difficult time for all of those who knew them to be certain.

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