Paul Walker death: family give statement, Vin Diesel visits crash site

Published Tuesday, Dec 3 2013, 18:15 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Following the tragic death of actor Paul Walker on Saturday (30 November), his family have issued a statement thanking fans and friends for their support.

The Fast & Furious star was killed over the weekend in a car accident, along with his friend and driver Roger Rodas.

Paul Walker takes to the catwalk during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, March 2013

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Paul pictured at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in March



Tributes have since poured in for Paul and his relatives, with co-stars such as Ryan Phillippe, Ludacris and Dwayne Johnson sharing their sadness via Twitter messages and Instagram pictures.

Now the late actor's family have released a statement on his Facebook page, saying that they're comforted by everyone's supportive and loving words.

It read: "Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.

"It's comforting for them to know that the son, brother, and father they love so much is equally adored, respected, and appreciated by so many," the statement continued. "Paul founded the organisation with the genuine desire to help others, and it's important to his family to keep his memory alive through ROWW."

Ludacris shares picture of 'Fast family' on hearing about Paul's death, 1 December

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Ludacris shared this photo from the set of one the Fast & Furious films along with a touching message



Close friend and former co-star Vin Diesel also shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page yesterday (2 December), referring to Paul by his Fast & Furious character name "Brian".

He wrote: "'To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.' -Thomas Campbell.

"Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me… I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were… on and off screen."

It has been reported by multiple sources that Vin visited Paul's crash site in Santa Clarita, California on Monday evening.

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker star in the high-octane Fast & Furious, 2001

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Paul and Vin were very close after filming most of the Fast & Furious films together



Once there, the 46-year-old spoke to fans and fellow mourners through a police car speaker phone, thanking them for holding a vigil.

The day before, Fast & Furious star and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson had paid his respects at the site and was pictured breaking down in tears.

He left with a piece of the wreckage from the car crash and wrote on his Instagram page: "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."
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