A pugilistic stance is how Paul Walker’s cause of death is being described by the coroners report. Some say the Fast And Furious star was bracing for impact, but the actual report describes a reality that’s worse than previously imagined.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Paul Walker’s Porsche was apparently going around 100 MPH before the accident occurred.
The very graphic details revealed by the coroner were upsetting to many and Vin Disel did not take them well:
“The last scene we filmed together… There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come… There was always moments of child-like laughter… We had accomplished so much by 2013… The complexities of Brotherhood, and the painful void… of it’s absence. Fast and Furious 7 will be released… April 10th 2015! P.s. He’d want you to know first…”
Although some reports have claimed Paul Walker’s Fast And Furious 7 character will be retired, others suggest Cody Walker, Paul’s brother, will step in as a replacement:
“If Cody agrees it’s because he wants to honour his brother’s memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving. They can shoot Cody from behind and at distance. If it’s a shot they need Paul’s face in close up, they can CGI it later on.”
According to some reports, it’s claimed Walker knew what was about to come. Moments before impact, he supposedly entered a pugilistic stance, or a defensive position, as if readying himself for the impact, which spun the Porsche 180 degrees before being torn in half by a tree and exploding in flames. The impact fractured many bones in his body, including his collar bone, jaw, and upper arm.
Some believe the pugilistic stance might have helped him momentarily survive the impact and the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries” is what killed him in the end. The coroner preserved some of his organs and they discovered “scant soot in Walker’s trachea,” which leads them to believe he was still breathing after the initial accident.
Unfortunately, the truth is probably worse than these earlier reports. The actual phrasing from the coroners report says the “decedent was charred and in a pugilistic stance.” A coroner’s spokesman explained what this meant, describing “how the muscles of the body contract due to the heat into a ‘boxer-like’ appearance.” This pugilistic stance, or pugilistic attitude, is described as being “characterized by flexion of elbows, knees, hip, neck and clenching of hand into a fist,” with the extremely hot fires causing the muscles to stiffen and shorten. The coroners say the flame injuries were so horrific that Walker’s body “cannot be positively identified visually,” the organs weren’t viable for tissue donation due to the charring, and they were forced to rely on dental records.