A video tribute to actor Paul Walker has quickly gone viral on YouTube with more than 25 million hits so far.
The “In loving memory” Paul Walker video set to Sklylar Grey singing “I’m Coming Home” contains clips of Walker as undercover police officer Brian O’Conner in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise.
Walker and his friend Roger Roda died a week ago Saturday in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., when their red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT burst in flames after hitting a light pole. Both died at the scene. The Corner’s findings indicated that he passed away form a “combination of traumatic and thermal injuries.”
Since then, thousands of fans have gathered at the crash site to honor his memory. Walker’s family has asked that fans and friends make donations to Reach Out WorldWide, a disaster-relief charity he founded.
The LA Times notes that “The footage in the tribute video is short on dialogue but does feature a line by Vin Diesel’s character, with most of the cast gathered around: ‘The most important thing in life will be the people in this room, right here, right now.” ‘
Given the tragic death of star Paul Walker, Universal has put the unfinished filming of Fast & Furious 7 on hold for the time being. The movie franchise is said to have earned more than $2 billion worldwide.
In a statement, the studio said that “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
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