Paul Walker: Fast & Furious stars bid final farewell to late actor with game of football
Just one day after his funeral at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, his family and friends gathered to say a final farewell to the actor and Roger Rodas
Paul Walker’s wake was never going to be an ordinary affair.
Just one day after his funeral at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, his family and friends gathered to say a final farewell to the actor and his friend Roger Rodas, who also died in the crash on 30 November, at a private Santa Barbara beach memorial.
Walker’s 15-year-old daughter Meadow, his mother and father, 25-year-old brother Cody and Fast & Furious co-star Tyrese were among those seen playing football in the sunshine as they laughed and remembered the star’s life.
Santa Barbara was the coastal stretch Walker had made his home for many years, making it more than appropriate outdoor location for the event.
“A few people got up and gave tributes to Paul,” a source told US Weekly. “It was hard for many people to talk, they were in tears and couldn't finish what they were saying.”
“It was a really sad day for so many people, and you could tell they just weren't ready to say goodbye. His parents were there, along with his brothers and some other family members. Everyone was hugging each other tight and didn't want to let go.”
Rapper-turned-actor Ludacris shared images of the Order of Service via his Instagram account. Tyrese Gibson also paid a further tribute to the star, posting the following message:
“Today In a room full of your loved ones I wish today was your wedding instead.... God has a better plan even beyond ALL of our own understandings...... For selfish reasons we all wanted you to stay, another laugh, another take, another talk, another moment..... I guess you can't get all you ask for in life.... But our hearts are FULL from all the moments we DID have, 13 years of laughter and grace, , humility and love.....
“Never did I take my access for granted.... Continue praying for his #Family, his daughter #Meadow, you are the WORLDS best friend that's why we're all feeling it... #RIHAW Rest In Heaven Angel Walker[sic]”
The intimate ceremony follows a public memorial last weekend. Thousands gathered to lay gifts and take part in a motor procession in Santa Clarita, where Paul and Roger died.
Fans revved their engines in honour at the social media-organised event, which was also attended by friends of the star, including co-star Rick Yune.
“We mourn his loss, but maybe we could just remember how great a guy this guy was and celebrate his life,” Yune said.
Walker and his close friend Roger Rodas died when Rodas’ Porsche crashed and burst into flames last Saturday.
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