Paul Walker's death: The Fast and Furious 'family' react

Pete Turner
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Paul Walker's death: The Fast and Furious 'family' react
Paul Walker during Sao Paulo Fashion Week 2013

Fans of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise has been left devastated by the news of star Paul Walker's untimely death in a car crash on Saturday. The shock of the news has come with an overwhelming surge of grief from his fans, his co-stars and across Hollywood. By all accounts, it seems that Walker died doing what he loved. He was returning from a charity event in a Porsche driven by a friend when the accident occurred.

'Fast and Furious' fans will be eager to hear what is to become of 'Fast and Furious 7' which was currently in production but for now will be incredibly saddened to see his co-stars' reactions to the news. The stars of 'Fast and Furious' had really become a family both on and off screen and the shocking and tragic death of Walker has clearly hit them all hard. I wish them all the best and hope that they can all come to terms with Walker's death before thinking about the future of the franchise.

Vin Diesel

The star who was there on screen with Walker since the beginning, Vin Diesel tweeted 'My heart is hurting so sad. Paul Walker was a good man. RIP my friend... Sorry to the Walker family. Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. RIP.' The chemistry between Walker and Diesel and the conflict that turned into a developing bromance was always a central part of the 'Fast and Furious' films and any future entries in the franchise will surely miss their pairing. Jordana Brewster, another of Walker's co-stars from the very first film also had a message from her Facebook page: 'Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.' She played his lover Mia and Dom's sister and had worked with Walker on five of the seven films.

Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris

Even when the franchise looked like it had lost Vin Diesel in '2 Fast 2 Furious', Paul Walker kept it ticking along by teaming up with Tyrese Gibson in a solid buddy pairing that kept the franchise's engine purring. Tyrese Gibson delivered an outpouring of emotion over Walker's death via Facebook. 'My heart is hurting so bad, no one can make me believe this is real. Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don't understand. My heart hurts it's broken no one can convince me that this is real.... Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family... #HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForever WeJustCelebreatedYour40thBirthday..... My God... My God... I can't believe I'm writing this. Similarly Ludacris also joined Walker in '2 Fast 2 Furious' and said: 'Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.'

Fast and Furious 7 co-stars

Those who joined the franchise more recently were equally forthcoming with their praise for Walker and their sadness at his loss. New director James Wan tweeted: 'I am so beyond heartbroken right now. I can't process anything.' It is a tragic start to his tenure as director and will undoubtedly leave him in a horrendous position about what to do next. Meanwhile Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tweeted 'All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.' Joining the franchise in the seventh film is Kurt Russell and his wife Goldie Hawn tweeted 'Our family mourns the loss of Paul. A very special Human being. Our prayers go his beloved family'. Martial arts expert and newcomer to the franchise Tony Jaa left this message on his Facebook page: 'I am truly saddened over the sudden and unexpected passing of my friend and colleague Paul Walker. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family. I will not tell you about Paul the actor, I will simply tell you that he was a very caring and sincere person towards friends and family. There are a great many people who will miss him. I knew him a relatively short time, but I am better for the experience. Go in peace my friend, you will not be forgotten. TJ'. Whatever happens next in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, it is clear that the 'family' will never be the same again. RIP Paul Walker.

Pete is a cautious fan of the Fast and Furious films; enjoying the fast cars and furious fights but not so keen on the cheesy dialogue. However he's not going to be telling Vin Diesel that last bit any time in a hurry. Follow Pete on Twitter or check out his film and TV blog: I Love That Film.

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