by Amanda Just
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A tragic car accident this weekend claimed the life of “The Fast and The Furious” film actor, Paul Walker, and his friend. According to the Paul Walker Facebook page, the two were en route to a charity event:

“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #TeamPW”

Reach Out Worldwide is “a quick-response, mobile first aid organization aiding in rescue and recovery after major natural disasters around the globe.” This weekend’s charity event was to benefit those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

As written on the organization’s website, “Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) – consisting of skilled volunteers – is a non-profit registered 501(c)3 organization. While part of a relief team responding to the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010; Actor/Producer Paul Walker saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations. Following the trip he contacted a group of his friends to assist him in forming ROWW with the purpose of filling this unmet need.”

Walker was 40 years old and is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. Although he is best known for his roles in adrenaline-pumping action movies, he leaves behind a legacy of helping others in need around the world. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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  • MarkyMark

    actually, as reported, he was leaving the charity event, not enroute. That’s when the accident occurred. Rumors are also circulating that there may have been some drag racing which caused the accident. An amateur video that is circulating shows the smoke pouring upward from the accident and a strange car coming from the direction of the accident and pulling over to the right. Several seconds later event goers arrived to try and help but it was too late.