In the age of instant news, many of us were sadly interrupted during the Thanksgiving holiday and notified of the sudden death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker. Many will dwell on the causes of the crash that killed him and his friend Roger Rodas, 38. Police have stated that speed was a factor in the crash and some speculate that drag racing might have occurred, too.

Walker, 40, was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames in the city of Santa Clarita on Saturday afternoon. Rodas, the driver, owned Always Evolving, an auto dealership and racing services company. Rather than dwelling on the cause of the crash and whether Walker and his friend were illegally speeding, we think it’s better to focus on his life.

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Walker was a positive force for humanity during his time here. Starring in five of the six Fast and Furious films, Walker became a darling pop culture icon. Away from the big screen, he was a father to a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. Walker had told his father that he wanted to take a hiatus from acting to spend more time with her, before becoming conflicted with another movie offer. Walker’s father told the media that his siblings are having an especially hard time grappling with the death. “I’m just … glad that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him,” Walker’s father said. “And he would say the same thing to me.”

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Walker and Rodas had planned Saturday as a day to help survivors of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The car shop website invited customers to a Charity Toy Drive & Automotive Social Gathering. “During the holiday season, many economically disadvantaged children from around the world are faced with the same dilemma year after year; the lacking of joy and cheer,” the invitation read. “Our goal here is to be able to provide aid to these less fortunate children in hopes of helping them grow up to become confident, responsible and productive young adults.”

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