Paul Walker Christian Faith
Paul Walker, 40, will best be remembered by the public as the blond-haired, speed-loving, tough guy with a swagger Brian O’Conner of the successful “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. But less known is that Walker, who died in a tragic and fiery car crash on Saturday, was a professed Christian.
Walker had attended a charity event for the Filippino victims of Typhoon Haiyan for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. His good friend Roger Rodas came to the fundraiser in Valencia and the two drove away in a 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT, according to Walker’s publicist, Ame Van Iden.
Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the car crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. Sheriff’s deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the site. Both the drive and the passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
In a 2005 USA Today article the California native says he grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but eventually left the Mormon faith. According to Walker’s biography on IMDb he became a non-denominational Christian later in life.
“I’m a Christian now. The things that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions. The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snow boarding and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away.”
The actor, who also starred in “Pleasantville,” “Varsity Blues,” and “Into the Blues,” was working in the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. His co-stars, including Vin Diesel and Ludacris, have all expressed their grief over the lost of their friend and fellow co-star.
Ludacris wrote on Twitter, “Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,…”
“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless,” wrote “Furious” co-lead actor Diesel. “Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”