The Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker sadly passed away in an automobile accident in Santa Clarita, California on November 30th, 2013. Walker was an avid car enthusiast and a competitor in the Redline Time Attack racing series. Fans around the globe have mourned his tragic passing and his death has been particularly felt by legions of motor enthusiasts. Many fans have tweeted their outrage, following the arrest of Justin Bieber for allegedly drag racing and driving under the influence of prescription drugs, cannabis and alcohol.

Walker’s Life and Death

Paul Walker, son of a fashion model mother and a two time Golden Gloves champion father, started his career modelling age two, in a Pampers advert. 1985 saw the beginning of Walker’s television career, with shows in Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel. The subsequent year he was offered his first film role in Monster in the Closet, but did not gain recognition in feature presentations until 1998 with Meet the Deedles.  The Fast and the Furious is considered Walker’s breakthrough role and the opportunity to star opposite Vin Diesel in the 2001 film allowed Walker to be recognised as a bankable star and leading man. He is remembered by fans as a philanthropist and humanitarian, flying to both Chile and Haiti in 2010 to bring aid to earthquake victims. Throughout his life, Walker was an avid automobile enthusiast. He died in the passenger seat, next to his long-term friend and business partner Roger Rodas.

Comparisons to Bieber

Pop sensation Justin Bieber’s arrest for drag racing has prompted fan comparisons between the two men, with many taking to twitter to air their disgust and disapproval for Bieber’s actions. The charges of drag racing and driving under the influence may now have been dropped in a dramatic U-turn, but the backlash against his actions continues. Many twitter uses have expressed their outrage at the lenient treatment of Bieber, who they feel should heed the warning to boy racers inherent in the death of Walker. Others have compared Bieber’s recent drug use and criminal damage allegations unfavourably to Walker’s reputation for philanthropy and using his fortune to help those less fortunate than himself.

The family of Paul Walker have asked for donations to be made to his own charitable programme, Reach Out World Wide.


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