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
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 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)