Paul Walker’s Cause Of Death Revealed


On Monday we learned that the autopsies of Paul Walker and his longtime friend Roger Rodas, both killed in a fiery car accident last Saturday, were delayed due to the extreme nature of said accident but today we learn that the coroner’s office has successfully completed the autopsies and have officially issued their cause of death. I have to be frank, the details from the coroner’s report are extremely upsetting to read. It should come as no surprise to learn the grim details of the way the men died but … it may be very upsetting to read nonetheless. As tragic as this cause of death determination is, I hope that at the very least this can provide some closure for the family so that they can begin to heal. Honestly, tho, it’s really difficult to try and spin this report in any positive light :(

Paul Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries sustained from the Nov. 30 car crash … this according to the L.A. County Coroner’s Office. Translation — Paul did not die from the impact of the crash alone. He burned to death after the Porsche GT crashed into a tree and a pole and exploded into flames. The man who was driving the Porsche GT, Roger Rodas, died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered upon impact. Burning was not listed as a factor in his death. The coroner says toxicology results for both men will be available in 6 to 8 weeks. The Medical Examiner says both deaths have been ruled as an accident. Sources in the coroner’s office tell us … both men were positively ID’d by using dental records. Walker and Rodas were killed Saturday in Santa Clarita, CA when the Porsche GT they were in veered off the road, slammed into a pole and exploded in flames. The cause of that crash is still under investigation. Paul was 40. Rodas was 38.

Ugh. What a punch in the gut, despite the fact that know how they died … it’s just so horrible to read the exact nature of their deaths in such detail. As for closure and moving on, the surviving Walker and Roadas families have already begun funeral arrangements so that they can say their final goodbyes to their loved ones:

Funeral arrangements for Paul Walker are being handled by the “Fast & Furious” star’s on- and off-screen family members. Tyrese Gibson is helping Walker’s parents put together the memorial in the wake of the action star’s sudden death, E! News reports. Gibson, 34, reportedly met with the Walker family on Sunday evening to discuss the next steps in mourning the loss of their son and brother.

As much as I loathe funerals, they can be extremely helpful for some people to being to heal and move forward from such painful loss. I’m certain there will be much interest from many family, friends and fans in a memorial service for Paul Walker. He was such a bright light in the world. Now that he’s gone, some people are finding it difficult to deal with the loss. Hopefully, we can move on from the horrid cause of death and focus on paying tribute and memorializing these souls taken from us far too soon.

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  • t*

    Very sad to hear it was a painful death. I think it would have been better to keep this information private for his daughter and family.

  • Sam

    It’s so rare to hear that a celebrity didn’t die from a drug related incident, but this is so so sad. Rest in peace to both of them.

  • Meghan

    Ugh…what a horrible way to die. The circumstances of this accident are just so odd….I wonder if something was wrong with the car.

    • MJ

      Possibly. People at the event said that the car kept stalling and they were trying to take it in to the shop to fix it. They explained that Roger got behind the wheel to help, but Paul asked to ride it since he hadn’t been in it in a while. It sounds like they took it for a test drive. Whether or not the stalling is what caused the accident, that’s still under investigation.

    • nicole

      apparently this car model has had a lot of issues/accidents. and Porsche has paid quite a bit in settlements.

    • supercute

      FWIW I read an article that says the Porsche may have had a power steering fluid leak. A terribly tragic story whatever happened.

  • Mela

    How terrible. I guess you’re right, Trent. We knew when the original report said “fiery crash” but it’s just horrible to read the truth is that he burned alive. God it’s even hard to say it. I think you’re “punch to the gut” really explained it best.

  • MJ

    Trent, I appreciate the delicate way you’ve covered Paul and Roger’s incredibly tragic death. And I appreciate the way the PITNBers have kept things classy in discussing this horrible event.

    My heart breaks for their families, especially their children. May Paul and Roger rest in peace.

  • Karen

    This is horrible. Wish I hadn’t read it. :(

    His poor family and loved ones. This news has to be absolutely unbearable for them. I can’t even think about it.

  • Marie

    While the report sounds horrific, based on the crash itself it’s very likely Paul wouldn’t have survived even if there had been no fire. We also don’t know if we was conscious. I would highly suspect he was not. All this proves is he took at least a breath after the fire started (by burning in nose, throat, lungs). To report that he burned alive is sensational reporting at its worst and is highly insensitive and painful to his loved ones (and Trent, I realize you are not the one who worded it that way). Horrible all the way around….

    • Karen

      I hope you’re right that he was unconscious. Now that I think about it, I agree that it is likely.

      When my parents were hit head-on by a drunk driver, my dad bore the full brunt of it and he went unconscious very quickly. The car he was driving was structurally much more able to absorb the impact than the Porsche GT and he had an airbag. He also remembers nothing of the car crash, including suffering 3rd degree burns while he was trapped in the car (thankfully unconscious).

      So I’m going to believe that Paul was unconscious and did not actually experience what happened to him. If any news comes out that says otherwise, nobody tell me!

  • Kriss_t

    There are some celebrity deaths I wish I could ‘unread’ as soon as I read them – this is one (along with Roger who I don’t mean to overlook). We were at a Christmas party on Saturday night, and I found this one so very unsettling and shocking when I read of it on Twitter.

  • Reagan

    Ugh, what a horrible way to go. I really hope he was unconscious after the crash and didn’t feel you know…… Its just to horrible to think of any further. Seriously after reading the details I’m one step from bursting into tears. If his death wasn’t upsetting enough we know that.

  • Kelly

    I don’t think he “burned to death”. In the LA Times, it was reported that both men died within “seconds” of the crash. Paul may have been breathing still when the fire began since the coroner is stating that he had thermal injuries (I’m assuming the only way to tell he suffered heat injuries is burning in the throat or lungs); but since the video shows that the fire didn’t really become explosive until at least a minute after the crash, I think it’s safe to say that describing it as “burning to death” is just wrong. and SO upsetting!!! sensationalism at its best.

    I hate to be annoying about it, but this incident and the mere possibility of burning to death upset me so much that I have been very closely following many news outlets hoping to hear they were both dead upon impact. While Paul’s autopsy states he sustained heat related injuries, it does not say that his cause of death was ONLY thermal – so he did NOT “burn to death” as best as the coroner can tell. Thank goodness!

    I completely agree with Marie. This terrible incident is horrible enough as is. His poor family….. I’m just…. overwhelmed for them. :(

  • Samantha

    This is extremely sad, knowing he suffered. No one should die like that. How effing awful :*(

  • richard

    I am very sorry, and i watched the video…. it seems that after the crash the passenger beside the driver tried to come out of the flames but he was trapped, his body collapsed in a few moments after. No comment on coroner, i guess he is right. some details should be restricted to the family member, but nowadays it is not easy…

    • @richard — “it seems that after the crash the passenger beside the driver tried to come out of the flames but he was trapped, his body collapsed in a few moments after.”

      I’m hearing this is not true. It is believed both men died upon impact. I understand the thing seen moving in the video is actually the roof of the car burning.