Paul Walker Death Anniversary: Inside Actor's Legacy, Co-Stars Pay Tribute
Nov. 30 marked the day when Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died from a car crash in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. And on Wednesday, it marked three years since his untimely demise.
Walker's death left his family and friends devastated. Millions of fans of the "Fast and Furious" franchise star were shattered. Three of his films at the time (2013's "Hours," 2014's "Brick Mansions" and 2015's "Furious 7") were released posthumously.
For "Furious 7," his brothers Caleb and Cody stepped in as body doubles in order to complete the scenes where Paul's character Brian O'Conner was needed. The film was eventually completed and was released in April 2015, gaining $1.5 million worldwide.
Besides being a dedicated actor, Paul was also a person who wanted to give back. He founded Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), which was established after he visited the earthquake-razed Haiti, joining a team of volunteers that provided help to survivors, according to E! Online.
ROWW organizes emergency response teams and dispatches these teams to disaster sites around the world in a quick and efficient manner. Since its establishment, the organization had already sent teams to places like Alabama, Chile, Indonesia and the Philippines.
After Paul's death, however, Cody stepped in to continue his legacy, with his first mission as ROWW's new leader was when he traveled to Nepal after it was struck with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in 2015. Cody, who was working as a paramedic in Oregon when his older brother was killed, admitted that the experience was "bittersweet," according to ABC 7.
On Wednesday, Paul's co-stars from the "Fast and Furious" franchise paid tribute to the fallen actor. Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris took to their respective social media accounts to post tributes in honor of Paul, who was only 40 years old when he died.
This week is always rough for those of us who really knew him personally 14 years of laugher, hugs and love literally one of the nicest people on HUMAN FEET!!!! Nov 30th we lost an angel! Paul treated everyone with the upmost respect and went out of his way to make everyone feel like they mattered...... I love and I miss you dearly /. We simply ask of you prayer warriors around the world pray for his daughter our niece Meadow Walker and his dear brothers CODY and Caleb and parents and his Besty named Roland and Brandon who were literally with him everyday!!!!!! May God rest your soul we hope we make you proud everyday!!!!! RIH ( rest in heaven )..... P-Dubber!!!!
A video posted by TYRESE (@tyrese) on Nov 29, 2016 at 7:14pm PST
I miss you and I love you every single day #paulwalkerforever pic.twitter.com/ZxD8FekX6O — Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) November 30, 2016
A photo posted by @ludacris on Nov 30, 2016 at 5:30am PST
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