Rest in Paradise, Paul Walker
I was having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family when I chanced upon a picture on instagram while doing my periodic rounds of social-media browsing (we all do, don’t we). That particular picture mentioned that Paul Walker, the actor most famous for the Fast and Furious franchise, is dead. My first thought was this has got to be a joke, as plenty of announced celebrity deaths on the social-media circuit tend to be hoaxes. As I scrolled through the picture’s comments I encountered numerous commenters saying that this was absolutely fake. I took it for that value and didn’t put any more thought to the matter.
Fast forward a couple of hours, and major media outlets are now reporting that Paul Walker is indeed, dead. In what can only be described as a car accident of horrific proportions, Walker was a passenger in a Porsche Carerra GT, driven by his good friend and business partner Roger Rodas (RIP to him, as well). The super sports car lost control around a curved road and spun right into a light-post, sheering the car in half, bursting into flames (Google is your friend if you want to see the carnage; I haven’t the heart to post it here). Both persons was either killed immediately or lost to the flames.
Then news didn’t hit me all that hard at first, but once it sank in for a couple of hours, I was devastated.
First of all, we’ve lost a genuine good guy. Even with all his Hollywood trappings, Walker (by all accounts) was beyond humble and extremely nice to anyone he meets, down to the lowest common denominator. The thing that makes the accident more heartbreaking is the fact that on that tragic day, he was en-route to his own organized charity event to raise funds for the hurricane devastated Philippines. Think about it: he was on Thanksgiving break from his acting duties, and instead of simply laying low and taking a breather, he took his own time and resources to give back to those in need. Walker used his tremendous public clout to do some good in the world, and it’s incredibly unfortunate that he’s no longer here to continue that good work.