My heart is hurting so bad
no one can make me believe this is real
Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don't understand
My heart hurts it's broken no one can convince me that this is real.... Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family... #HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForever WeJustCelebreatedYour40thBirthday..... My God... My God... I can't believe I'm writing this.
– Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious co-star)

The world has lost yet another one of Hollywood’s greatest talents. Paul Walker was more than just a handsome face with sparkling blue eyes. He was more than just one of the leads in one of the biggest movie franchises in the world – Fast & Furious. He was more than one of the most talented actors of his time. He was a father, a friend, a brother, and a humble human being.

The world lost Paul Walker yesterday, November 30th, in Santa Clarita, California at the scene of a fatal car accident. Some are calling it ironic that the star known mainly for his work in the  Fast & Furious franchise died doing what he did on screen so effortlessly, although he was just the passenger in this tragic incident. While Paul Walker was seen as a handsome and talented action star, there are many things the public didn't know about him.

In memory of Paul Walker, here are 5 things you may not have known.

1. Marine Biology Major

Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave.
– Paul Walker

Many people don’t know that Marine Biology was actually Paul Walker’s first love and continued to stay with him even through his success as an Actor. He majored in Marine Biology at a California community college and was a huge fan of Marine Biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He went on to join the Board of Directors of the Billfish Foundation in 2006 and went on to do many projects including the National Geographic series “Expedition Great White” in 2010.

2. Full Time Dad

Just recently they came at me with an offer of something going in the summertime, and I wanted to punch them in the face for even coming to me with it. ‘You know what my priorities are right now, why are you even tempting me with this?’ I got home and I was just pissed off and my daughter was like ‘What’s the matter?’ And I told her what happened and she mellowed me out and she’s so funny. She sits me down and she’s like ‘When does it go? What months? I like to travel in the summertime anyway.’ So I said ‘We should actually entertain this one?’ and we both sat down and read it. We’re thinking about it.
- Paul Walker

Meadow Rain Walker, his only child, was born on the 4th of November 1999. While many people knew that he had a daughter not many people knew that he had just decided to take on the role of being a full time father.

3. He was religious

While many celebrities keep silent about whether or not they believe in a God, Paul Walker opened up about his religion:

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 snowboarding 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.

4. Professional Race Car Driver

Paul Walker was known for his role as Brian O’ Conner in the Fast & Furious series.

While he drove fast cars throughout the series some may not know that he actually drove fast cars in everyday life as well.

He was a professional race car driver and worked with AE Performance.

I have a performance shop called AE Performance and we do race prep and all that stuff out in Valencia. So I have a couple partners and we all race together. It's a family business basically. We brought in friends and people coming from different economic backgrounds, let's just say, but it's cool because everyone gets to have their cake and eat it too. Eric Davis, Roger Rodas, Rich Taylor, Casey Adamo are just a handful of the guys involved.
- Paul Walker

5. Humanitarian

I'm a doer, and whether it was the tsunami in Sri Lanka or the earthquake in Indonesia, I was always saying, 'I should be there; I should be helping out.

So he connected the dots.

My mother's a nurse, my sister's going to nursing school right now, and my friends have construction backgrounds. God willing, the next time there's a natural disaster I'm going to be there with 11 or 14 people and a handful of doctors. And the next time, it'll be 150 people with 30 to 35 doctors.
–Paul Walker

Paul Walker made sure to give back to the community whenever he had the opportunity.

Helping Chilean victims after the earthquake as well as victims of the earthquake in Haiti, he was a true humanitarian.  In 2010, he helped found the non-profit organization Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), a disaster relief organization. Also, in 2010 he helped form REACT (Rapid Emergency Assistance Care Team), a group of EMTs and health-care professionals whose goal is to get into disaster zones the minute they hear news- ahead of the larger and less mobile emergency teams. Paul Walker was actually hosting a charity event to raise money for the victims of the Philippines Typhoon on the day that he died.

Paul Walker will truly be missed. He wasn't just a charming and talented young Actor; he was a father, a friend, and a shining beam of light. R.I.P Paul Walker. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.

All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.
– Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious co-star)
Shannon Hemmings
Shannon Hemmings is currently a senior studying Telecommunications and Film at the University of West Florida all the way across the pond! She is originally from none other than the beautiful city of Miami (Go Heat!) and she has loved the arts for as long as she can remember. She is very proud of her Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage and inherited her love for traveling from her grandparents and father. Back at home you can find her acting and dancing in mystery dinner shows put on by the Dream Players Theatre troupe and running around campus doing a million and one things. Her ultimate dream after college is to travel the world doing what she loves [acting, directing, reporting, inspiring] and being incredibly happy! You can find her on Youtube and on Instagram under the name ShanHem.

85 thoughts on “In Memory of Paul Walker: 5 Things You May Not Have Known

  1. Such a terrible lost…..not just a great actor but an awesome individual that cared for others that are less fortunate. RIP

  2. I have known him since elementary school (2005) (on TV/iNTERNET) Paul is one of my favorite Actor.Paul was a legend in series of films of Fast & Furious ! so for now, Fast & Furious will never be the same without Paul right ??? 🙁 It's so sad!

    Hii Paul !!! how about The Next Fast & Furious 8,9 or 10 in future hahahaha 😀

    Now, Paul Teach the God how to Driving a car like Him in the afterlife.


  3. You're with God now brother Paul! May you find joy eternal in His presence as you take those chariots of fire "Tokyo Drifting" across the stars!

  4. the sky has just won a new star

    Holy Angel of the Lord;
    My zealous keeper,
    since you entrusted me
    divine mercy,
    always rule me,
    guard, governs and illuminates.

  5. My heart raced when I heard this happened. Such a loss the great he did for a cause. R.I.P. Brother have a safe ride to heaven.

  6. so hurting,.but God has a purpose we may not understand but I believe God knows what is best for his children.Paul Walker leave a legacy of helping others. We in the Philippines will always remember you.God Bless.

  7. Atleast he made the most out of his short life. The world is truly sad but angels in heaven are celebrating for your homecoming in heaven. All the love..

  8. I'm so glad to here he was Christian and a believer in God , that means that those of us the believe in God will see Paul Walker again soon .

  9. RIP Paul Walker RIP Roger Rodas
    you guys are amazing until now i cant believe and broken hearted life is so
    short Your legacy will alwayss in our hearts and you inspired me to enjoy life no matter what God Speed

  10. Fast, Furious, and finally FREE. God Bless your good Heart and Soul Mr. Walker, No wonder God wanted to meet you a little too early.

  11. Now I know why God took him. He is a Christian and I believe God knows he already served his purpose in life, to shout that he is a CHRISTIAN and make other believe God do really exist!!!

  12. i love you paul walker .. while im reading this a tears fell from my eyes .. i still cant believe your gone .. i know your in good hands now .. race in heaven paul .. race with the angels !! you will never be forgotten .. may you now rest in peace !! i love you forever

  13. Ride in peace Paul ur gone but never ever forgotten ur in all of ur harts and always will be u always helped people and was never selfish u were there when people needed help u were right by threre side to give them hot food cold water and love R.I.P Paul ur in a better place and may ur soul live on

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