Paul Walker Death Anniversary: Inside Actor's Legacy, Co-Stars Pay Tribute

By Johanna King, Parent Herald December 01, 12:20 pm
Paul Walker walks at The Village At The Lift during the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2005 in Park City, Utah.
(Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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.

 

 

 Gone but never forgotten. #love

A photo posted by @ludacris on Nov 30, 2016 at 5:30am PST

 

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