The last time #PaulWalker talked with his father, he promised to give up his daredevil ways.
In an interview, Paul Walker Senior talked about the last conversation with his actor son who died in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Saturday.
'I said, “Promise me, no more daredevil stuff.” I said, “If in your heart, you say, I can do this, then by all means, do it. If your mind says, maybe not. Then don't.” I looked at him, I said, 'Will you promise me that?”'
Mr Walker believes he got through to his self-confessed ‘adrenaline junkie’ son. According to his official Twitter account, he was an ‘outdoorsman’ and ‘ocean addict’.
'I said, “You know, promises are a very important thing here, Paul.” I said, “Say OK,” and he said “OK”. You know, a lot of us, sometimes we make promises and get caught up in the moment and stuff like that, but I can tell I got to him,' Mr Walker said. 'I can tell that I was very serious. Sometimes sons think of their fathers and their grandfathers as these bigger than life people.'
Mr Walker also talked about how his son was always uncomfortable with fame, and how the media attention surrounding his death would have made him uneasy.
'It was embarrassing to him,' he said. 'I thought last night, “Paul would be embarrassed of this.” And I looked up at the sky, and I said, “Well, tough luck pal.”'
Walker became famous for his role in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, which depicted the underground world of illegal street racing.
Walker wasn’t actually behind the wheel of the cherry red Porsche when it hit a pole and exploded.
According to an autopsy, Walker survived the crash but died when he was burned alive in the following explosion.
His friend Roger Rodas, died on impact.
Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, who he had with ex-girlfriend Rebecca Soteros.
Tragically, Meadow had recently moved to LA to live with her father after being raised in Hawaii by her mom.
Walker was just getting used to being a dad when his life suddenly ended.
In an interview with Salon Magazine while shooting Fast & Furious 7, he admitted being ‘torn’ between work and family life, saying ‘I’m excited for the work. My daughter is 15. I go home every weekend.
'She's the best thing I have right now. It's a real healing time for both of us, so it's finding the right balance. You can reinvent yourself, but inside, there's truth to the noise. I may miss out on the best moments of my life, so it's maintaining the balance. I don't have to work if I don't want to, but I love the work,' he said.
Poignant pictures of #PaulWalker as best man at his brother’s wedding just weeks before Fast & Furious star’s death …
With a smile on his face and a cheeky glint in his eye, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker gives a toast to his brother Caleb on his wedding day - little more than a month before his fiery tragic death.
Standing with his arms around Caleb, 36, and his youngest brother Cody, 25, best man Paul beams in the fall sunshine as his brother celebrates his wedding to Stephanie Branch.
But poignantly, this was to be the last family wedding Paul, 40, would attend - and a stunning album of pictures by Chard photography gives a glimpse at the close-knit family who are now grieving following the actor’s death in a car crash on Saturday.
In what would be some of the last photos ever taken of the star, Paul is seen posing with his fellow groomsmen at the wedding held on October 23 at Dove Canyon Country Club in Orange County, California.
In another shot, he cracks up laughing as Cody makes a joke while the brothers give a speech to the happy couple.
And he stands by a bridesmaid, in a pretty lilac dress, as he joins the newlyweds alongside their wedding party.
Caleb’s bride Stephanie looks gorgeous in her full-length gown gown - but the celebration is a far cry from the scenes outside the Walker family home in California yesterday as Stephanie was seen hugging her father-in-law Paul Walker Snr while her new husband stood by in tears.
The Walker clan are said to be extremely close and yesterday, Paul’s sister Ashlie Walker told MailOnline the family are trying to cope by using their Mormon faith.
Furious Ashlie, 37, also hit out at reports her brother and his his good friend Roger Rodas - who was at the wheel of a Porsche when they crashed in Los Angeles on Saturday - were drag racing at the time of their death.
Breaking her silence, Miss Walker said: ‘They were absolutely not racing, that’s a complete lie. It hurts us when we hear these lies and it makes our grief worse and more painful.
'These are irresponsible allegations and people are trying to make out speed and racing was the reason for his death when it was just a terrible accident.'
A close family member said Paul would be the ‘biggest angel in heaven’, adding: ‘Paul was a wonderful man and the best person you could ever meet. We are all totally distraught and beside ourselves with grief.
‘We can gain hope from this tragic accident through our strong Christian background and faith. We are grateful to be surrounded by such loving friends and family that have been praying for us and will be forever by our sides.
'We seek comfort in their love and our faith. We definitely believe that Paul has gone to a better place and is now with our heavenly father.
'We have a strong Mormon faith and although Paul wasn’t practicing at the time, he always had a very strong Christian faith.'
The source added that Paul’s 15-year-old daughter Meadow, whose mother is the actor’s ex-girlfriend Rebecca Soteros, was grieving and surrounded by family, adding: ‘Meadow will continue to be surrounded by those who love her.’
Meadow only recently moved to Los Angeles to live with her father after being brought up in Hawaii by her mother - and in one his last interviews given just two weeks ago, he called her ‘the best thing I have right now’
At the time of his death, Paul - whose long-time girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell is said to be devastated - was filming the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious blockbuster series.
Paul was being driven in a red Porsche Carerra GT by his friend Roger Rodas when the sportscar careered into a tree and burst into flames.
And new CCTV footage has revealed the precise moment the car smashed - as one witness claimed that the crash was an accident not a drag race.
Accident investigators ‘have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was travelling alone at a high rate of speed’ the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement on Monday. ‘No eyewitness has contacted the [department] to say there was a second vehicle.’
The surveillance footage shot from a nearby rooftop camera and obtained by OMG! Insider shows a plume of black smoke billow into the sky in the seconds after the crash, just moments before what appears to be a large detonation sends a huge fireball skywards.
The footage of the deadly crash which claimed the lives of Paul and driver, Roger Rodas, 38, was released as images of the dramatic moment cops and emergency workers physically wrestled one of the Fast & Furious star’s friends away from the scene also came to light.
And following the harrowing video and images, a professional driver who was at the charity show in Santa Clarita has come forward to claim that Rodas and Walker took their car out to check for a suspected mechanical issue and not for a joyride as has been claimed.
'As they were backing up the Carrera to put into the garage, it started stalling. I heard someone say, and I think it was Roger, “Why is the car stalling? Let’s take it around the block”, the unidentified witness told Hollywood Reporter.
'Paul said, “Let me go with you really quickly”.
'The whole premise of taking the car out for a drive was because something was wrong.'
The individual, who has declined to be named, said from his experiences with Walker and Rodas that the two were not likely to engage in a high-speed race with the Porsche Carrera GT - a car that is notorious for its handling issues at speed.
'These guys are business owners and Paul was a celebrity. They are responsible people. It was more like, “What the hell is wrong with this car? Let’s see what’s wrong and go for a drive”.
'These guys were more like, “That’s weird, the car is stalling, let’s figure it out”.'
The dramatic images from the minutes after the crash show how Walker’s friends arrived on the scene and desperately tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers and reach their friend.
On Monday, Paul’s Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel joined crowds who’d gathered to pay their respects.
Speaking through a police car loudspeaker, he said: ‘If my brother were here right now and saw all the love that you’re bringing here. If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time. That his family gets to see all of you show the love that you’ve shown Paul. It’s going to stay with me forever.
'I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him. It's going to stay with me for ever.'
For now, Ricardo, just like Paul’s family is struggling to accept that he’s actually gone. The martial arts expert says that Paul didn’t really care for acting – and it was daughter Meadow and the rest of the family that he lived for.
‘Everyone is very devastated, it was a very sudden death, he was such a great person that it’s very hard to accept that right now. Everyone keeps thinking that you’re going to see him tomorrow. I keep thinking that he’s going to call me and say: “Hey, let’s go to another class.” It’s hard to accept it’s real.
‘Life is very fast, we just need to enjoy our friends and family. There may never be a tomorrow. He didn’t tell everyone all the great things that he was doing; he kept it quiet.
‘It took me years to find out what he was doing for charity. I didn’t know he had done this or that, he never bragged about. It’s only when we talked that I’d find out. When he said he was going to charity events, I didn’t even know it was the charity he’d set up!
‘He didn’t care about the spotlight. He just wanted to be a father, brother, son, a good person. He didn’t like to put himself out there.
‘He had no regrets in life. He’d achieved everything he wanted to do, he had such a full life.’
The news coincides with a memorial that was planned for Walker at the site of his death in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles.
Thousands of people were expected to attend in their cars to pay respect to the fallen actor at noon on Sunday, just one week and a day after he was killed in a fiery car crash.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies planned to have a strong presence at the memorial. They encouraged attendees to obey all traffic laws, including not leaving memorial items in the roadway.
Many of the early arrivals parked in a nearby church lot, where they milled around and bundled up against chilly morning temperatures in the 40s.
Among those who turned out early was Edi Maya, a gardener who worked in Walker’s neighborhood and said he chatted with the actor from time to time.
‘We talked for many, many hours together about everything and he was very thankful for the life he had. He felt privileged that he was in a position to help so many people. He wanted to be the best role model he could be.
‘I went to a few movies as his personal assistant. I was there when he filmed The Death and Life of Bobby Z and the last one he did, Brick Mansions. Every fight scene he did in Hollywood, he wanted to do some Ju-Jitsu move in it,’ says Ricardo.
‘Paul was always trying to work together with the directors and producers to trying to bring something new to the big screen that could help improve the movie to the public.
‘When they were filming Fast and Furious, as it was in California, he used to come to my gym whenever he’d have a break in filming. He would always try and take the moves into his films and if he was struggling with a technique, he’d take me on set, and keep practicing to get better.
‘I’ve now been teaching his other brother Cody for a couple of months.’
‘I had the privilege to be invited to that memorial. It took him 10 years to get to brown belt and I attached it to the tree where the crash happened,’ says Ricardo.
‘I also presented his dad with a black belt. I called him before the service, as we get on really great and been on set together a number of times. I said I want to present to you something that I know Paul would be very happy for you to have because I was training him for ten years to get to this – a black belt.
'There’s no doubt he would have gotten there in the next two years and I wanted his dad to have it. I asked him: “Do you want to put it on the tree, or in the coffin?” But his dad said: “No, I want to keep it for myself. I know how important it was to Paul, I know you helped him so much, I know you made my son a much better person and I want to keep that for me as a present and a memory.” He took it home. His dad was very emotional.’
Ricardo also reveals that they used to travel together when he was filming – with him being on hand for Paul to talk through any issues he had and the fighting scenes. He was with him throughout the Fast and Furious franchise.
He told me: “People know me about my fast cars, but I want to be known for the cars and I want to be known as the guy who changed the fight scenes in the movie world.”
‘He wanted to do more than kick and punches, he wanted the fight scenes to be more realistic with grappling, chokes, armbars, legs and foot locks. So that people think it looks more real. He wanted people to understand that fights are more than just about a punch and kick. He wanted them to have more of a Jiu-Jitsu style.
‘Everything he does, he wants to do to the best of his potential. He’s very professional. When I’d teach him moves, he’d not get it the first time, then he’d try and try, he was such a perfectionist. He wanted to learn my way, like the teacher, he wouldn’t want to be just the average guy. He was impatient to get to the top, and was determined to be the best.
‘He finished up as a brown belt, but there’s no doubt he would have ended up as a black belt.’
Ricardo - who has two academies in California and goes all round the globe teaching Jui-Jitsu - is also a personal friend of the family and was invited to the memorial last Monday at the site where Paul and friend Roger Rodas crashed in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday afternoon.
It was there that he tied Paul’s brown belt round the tree, which is the centre point of the shrine dedicated to his life.
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