Vin Diesel Addresses Fans At Paul Walker Crash Site
Paul Walker’s friends, family and Fast & Furious co-stars gathered Monday evening for a special memorial at the Southern California crash site where Walker was killed.
Most of Walker’s Fast & Furious co-stars have remained relatively quiet since his death, with the exception of a clearly distraught Tyrese Gibson, who visited the crash site amidst fans on Sunday and is reportedly helping the Walker family with funeral plans. Universal Studios reportedly received a permit to have the police block off the area surrounding the crash site, allowing for friends and family to gather without the large fan presence that has been keeping vigil there since Saturday night after the crash occurred.
Vin Diesel Addresses Fans
As the memorial was ending, Vin Diesel, arguably the most important actor in the Fast & Furious franchise other than Walker, used a police loud speaker to get a message to fans around the perimeter.
“If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time, and the family gets to see all of you show the love that you’ve shown Paul, it’s going to stay with me forever. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciated him,” Diesel told the fans.
Diesel also took to Facebook to write a tribute to Walker, referencing him by his Fast & Furious character name, Brian O’Connor:
“I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were… on and off screen.”
'Fast & Furious' Co-Stars Remember Walker
Diesel, Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez were the four members of the original The Fast and the Furious cast still involved in the franchise, and both Rodriguez and Brewster have released new statements as well.
“Paul was an enormous presence in my life for the past fourteen years. While many would be satisfied with material success it made Paul more convinced of the need to help others. He never spoke of his immense generosity or philanthropic endeavors unless I prodded, however. This is what made Paul, Paul.
“He lived with integrity, humanity and humility and seemed most happy when talking about his daughter, Meadow. I don’t know anyone who lived each moment more fully and loved life more than Paul; making his loss all the more heartbreaking,” Brewster wrote in a statement.
Rodriguez changed her icon on Twitter to the logo for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) and tweeted a message promising to honor Walker’s legacy.
I'm gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.
— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) December 2, 2013
Dwayne Johnson, who joined the franchise in Fast Five spoke about his co-star in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He praised Walker for setting a welcoming and generous tone on set and said that, despite being a movie star, Walker identified most with being a father to his daughter.
“It [fatherhood] was always the number one topic we would talk about. We would talk about silly guy things, his fast cars and my pickup trucks, or we would talk about the beautiful energy of Hawai’i – but it always ultimately came back to family,” said Johnson.
Paul Walker’s family asks that, instead of gifts, fans and friends donate to Walker’s charity ROWW in his memory.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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