Paul Walker’s heartbreaking autopsy and final words before car crash death

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker would have celebrated his 48th birthday on September 12. The actor was killed in a car crash in November 2013, leaving behind his teenage daughter Meadow

ByLucy NeedhamAssistant Showbiz Editor

  • 07:00, 11 Sep 2021
  • Updated07:20, 11 Sep 2021
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A month after Paul Walker was killed in a fatal car crash, the Los Angeles coroner released the harrowing details about the actor's death.


Walker, who was in the middle of filming the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise when he died, is believed to have survived the smash but died in the wreck moments later due to the impact and resulting fire.

The 15 page report into the autopsy revealed that Walker and business partner Roger Rodas had been travelling at more than 100mph in a 45mph zone when Rodas lost control of the car.

The pair had been test driving a red 2005 Porshe Carerra GT.

The force of the crash was said to have been so strong that the vehicle split almost entirely in half.

Paul Walker as Brian O'Connor in Fast & Furious 7 in scenes filmed before his tragic death


"After the driver’s side of the vehicle hit a light pole and tree, the car continued spinning until Walker’s passenger side slammed into another tree and burst into flames," read the report.

The coroner listed the cause of death as the 'combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.'

Footage from a security camera near the scene, showed that the Porsche erupted into flames around a minute after the collision.

Walker's body was so badly burned that it could not be visually identified.

The actor sustained injuries throughout his body including fractures to his jaw, collarbone, and left arm.

No drugs or alcohol were found in either Paul's body or his driver friend's.

Walker with co-stars Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson attend at the Fast & Furious 6 premiere in London


Heartbreakingly, a small amount of soot was found in Walker's trachea indicating he may have taken a breath after the crash.

The crash took place on a wide street in a business park in Santa Clarita California, around 30 miles north of Hollywood.

Shortly before, Walker had made an appearance at a toy donation event for his charity when he decided to join his pal Rodas for a spin in the Porshe.

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The car had been on display at the fund-raising event, which was held at a car shop owned by Rodas.

Guests are said to have heard the crash from 500 miles away.

Another of Walker's friends, who had seen him at the event, later revealed his heartbreaking final words.

A friend of the film actor revealed his heartbreaking final words after seeing him get into the Porsche


Jim Thorp told reporters at the scene that he had spoken to Walker just before he hopped into the Porsche with Rodas.

He revealed that Walker's tragic last words at the charity event were "Hey, let's go for a drive.

"He lived his life and he died fast and furious… He loved speed, he loved cars, and he had to die this way. He died in a very fast car with his friend," said Thorp.

Paul left behind daughter Meadow

Meadow Walker/Instagram)

Walker had been an avid lover of super cars and was beloved by fans for his part in the hugely successful movie franchise Fast&Furious.

He was in the middle of filming for the seventh film at the time of the crash.

Universal Pictures immediately shut down production and vowed to donate profits from Fast & Furious 6 to Walker's charity.

Paul Walker's daughter Meadow Walker attended the F9 film premiere in Los Angeles in June

AFP via Getty Images)

Walker's youngest brother Cody Beau Walker also stepped in to complete the final scenes of Fast&Furious 7, appearing as Brian O'Conner, the role made famous for Paul so that the film could continue as close to originally planned as possible in his absence.

The actor was survived by daughter Meadow, who was just 15 at the time of his death.

Last month Meadow, revealed that she was engaged after her actor boyfrien, Louis Thornton-Allan, popped the question.

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