On 30th Nov 2013, Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, a pro-am racer, drove away from a fundraising event for Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide, with Rodas behind the wheel. Before long, the car crashed into a concrete lamp post, causing the vehicle to catch fire.
Medical examiners have stated that it appears both Paul and Roger died on impact.
One year on, in memory of his son, the late actor’s father, Paul Walker III, sat down with ET’s Nancy O’Dell to talk about his loss, and pay tribute to his child. In an emotional interview, he revealed that his family is still trying to heal from their tragic loss:
Well, I’m not looking forward to Thanksgiving. He died two days after that and I guess it’ll probably be that way until I’m with him. It’s a sad time. We’re a very close, loving family and Paul is a piece that’s missing now, that we’re always going to miss. We’re very much in shock. I’m missing him more now, the last month. It’s not getting any better for me.
The late star’s father also shared that he often returns to the scene of the fatal collision, and takes comfort in reading the memorials and notes of love and condolences from his son’s many fans. “One little girl was there, and she goes, ‘Are you Paul’s dad?’ Can I give you a hug?'” and emotional Walker told O’Dell.
Paul Walker III also kindly shared many home movies and baby photos of his son, and opened up about the wonderful times he and his child shared, as well as the endearing memory of the last time he saw his son in person before the crash. “The last time I saw him, he gave me a kiss on the cheek, I gave him one. I tell him I loved him,” Walker shared. “It’s a great memory.”
We don’t blame Paul’s old man. Just 2 months ago, during what would’ve been his 41st birthday, tributes poured in from friends and fans alike from all around the globe. It was a true testament to the impact that the actor had left on people’s lives, as well as the lasting effect from the news of his tragic passing.
The late Paul Walker will appear for what would be one last time in the upcoming “Furious 7“, the seventh instalment of the high-octane “Fast & Furious” film series. The film will be released on 3rd April 2015.
Watch the trailer here: