In Memory of Paul Walker: 5 Things You May Not Have Known

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)

pwThe 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.

meadow2. 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.

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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.

paul4. 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

paul walker prays5. 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

About 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.

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75 Responses to In Memory of Paul Walker: 5 Things You May Not Have Known

  1. Samantha Wolliston-Flood December 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    This truly hurt my heart

  2. Szymon Piekarczyk December 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    R.I.P Paul Walker.

  3. Ricardo Masri December 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Feel sorry for his daughter Prays are wit her

  4. Ricardo Masri December 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Feel sorry for his daughter Prays are wit her

  5. Christopher Shean December 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    A great guy has gone! :(

  6. Lynda Bernard December 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    RIP Paul Walker.

  7. Mark Z. Nasr December 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Ride in Peace

  8. Emily Gray December 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Poor souls! R.i.p

  9. Gail Hodges December 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    RIP Paul. Gods peace with the families.

  10. Emilia Drzazga December 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    :( ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  11. Brad Tafa Hemmings December 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Thank you for raising awareness of his charity. Let's help Paul Walker reach his destination by donating to his charity http://www.roww.org

  12. Lukasz Mulczynski December 2, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Rest in Peace Heart of Gold

  13. Robin Alberico December 2, 2013 at 2:19 am #

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

  14. Linda Hughes December 2, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    He will surely be missed, prayers and comfort to the family and friends!

  15. Dimas Riyanto December 2, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    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 :D

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

    YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR BRIAN O'CONNER!!

  16. Eric Jones December 2, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    I really feel for his family. Tragic. :(

  17. Ed Fernandez Ancheta December 2, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    ..RIP PW..from the Philippines..Filipinos LOVE you..

  18. Sheri Jones December 2, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    What a beautiful soul has gone HOME, God bless the ones he left behind and give them peace, until they meet again.

  19. Tommy Matic IV December 2, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    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!

  20. Florin Belivan December 2, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    R.I.P

  21. Florin Belivan December 2, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    R.I.P

  22. Gaby Gabriel December 2, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    te respect

  23. Igor Oliveira December 2, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    the sky has just won a new star
    PRAYER TO THE GUARDIAN ANGEL

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

  24. Eloisa Asehan December 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    He did his part..God took him to a beautiful place ..a special place for a very humble soul like him!

  25. Ramona Constantinescu December 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    rest in peace…from romania

  26. Valencia Sewotaroeno-Noredjo December 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    R.I.P. PAUL WALKER. U'LL BE LIVING IN OUR HEART…

  27. Olu Fadojutimi December 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Unfortunately Mormons Don't Go To Heaven

  28. Jay Tecson Ramirez December 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    6th. Walker is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Rip brother

  29. Andrei Flo December 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    A real dude, gone too soon. Rest in peace brother

  30. Andreas Bu December 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    What a great man – once more a hero has gone. Far too early and way too young.
    Rest in Peace, man!

  31. Frank Maiwald December 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    R.I.P

  32. Russel Timothy Uy December 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    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.

  33. Roderick Kenyon McGill December 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    God's plan and the job was done…..Paul Walker retired, no, he went to Glory!

  34. Verginia Jean Minglana Schoch December 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    May His soul Rest in Peace.

  35. Kenya C. Easley December 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Beautifully written. Thank you, strength to his family and rest in peace Paul.

  36. Kenya C. Easley December 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    truly fitting!

  37. Kenya C. Easley December 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    truly fitting!

  38. Ayt EscaLera Chanyee December 3, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    rest in peace, pw!

  39. Imelda Roberts December 3, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    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.

  40. Mara Lupo December 3, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    My heart goes out to Paul's daughter and the family of the driver. God be with you through out your journey

  41. Darren Tan December 3, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Why God calls back the good one and left behind the bad one (like myself)…..

  42. Bihan Ives December 3, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    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..

  43. Stan Podlacha December 3, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    you would really loved Paul then you would love Jesus Who created Paul and would confess Him as Lord and Saviour. Why not do it now. Tomorrow could be too late. God bless.

  44. Michelle's Upscale Resale December 3, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    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 .

  45. Lyle Taringa December 3, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Rip bro from NZ

  46. John Ales December 3, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Too Fast… Too Furious… Too soon… the Good ones always die young
    R.I.P Paul Walker, God Bless

  47. Aiza Pacultad Aredidon December 3, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    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

  48. Eva Taghap Alipio December 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    thanks for loving the Filipino People…. Paul Walker, you will now found peace with the LORD..

  49. Sanjay Antriwale December 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Rip walker

  50. Vik Caedo December 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    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.

  51. Yu Chien Gilos Oja December 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    R.I.P.

  52. Yu Chien Gilos Oja December 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    SO SAD . HE IS MY IDOL

  53. Alan Kingsley December 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Miss you Paul walker miss you brother may you rest in peace …. There is nothing without in fast and furious

  54. Luke Schmidt December 4, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    SO?!

  55. Antonio Camargo December 4, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    :(

  56. Antonio Camargo December 4, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    :(

  57. Shafqat Afroz Zaman December 4, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    We never forget Paul Walker forever!

  58. Joycee Samara December 4, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    thanks for sharing this

  59. Abegail C. Santillan Esteban December 4, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    I am truly heartbroken :( Paul Walker will surely be missed…

  60. Harold Miras Bongbong December 4, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    close???:

  61. Abegail C. Santillan Esteban December 4, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Lungkot talaga ko Teng Harold Miras Bongbong :(

  62. Harold Miras Bongbong December 4, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Ahhh…panu ka malungkot?:0

  63. Abegail C. Santillan Esteban December 4, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Ganto :(

  64. Andy Adeus Wolfe December 4, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    So he is Paul Walker, a legend and a great man, gone too soon.

  65. Luke Schmidt December 4, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Andy Adeus Wolfe u n ur legend..pfft

  66. Ron Quiatchon December 4, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    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!!!

  67. Felix Sare December 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    IN BEHALF OF MY COUNTRYMAN (FILIPINOS) THANK YOU PAUL WALKER! YOU WILL BE MISSED

  68. Roberto Dimayuga December 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    The Filipinos will miss you Paul.

  69. Brian Michael Young December 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I sincerely enjoyed reading your article, well done. Brian Young/Trini Boy…

  70. Probo Panggasti Jff Squad December 5, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    rest in peace fron indonesia

  71. Gayan Rajapakshe December 7, 2013 at 4:37 am #

    as a buddhist I wish May you attain nirvana! From Sri Lanka

  72. Karla Perez December 11, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    Rest in peace PAUL WALKER.

  73. Kate Patrick April 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Rihaw!! Love you!! Pw!! Xoxo

  74. EdlynBrian Calubaquib June 5, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    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

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