Walker autopsy under way; ‘Fast & Furious 7’ halted
FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. The industrial neighborhood where he died in a car crash is known to attract street racers. Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in the Southern California community of Valencia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
Photos and messages are seen at a roadside memorial at the site of the auto crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and another man, in the small community of Valencia, Calif., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Walker died in the one-car crash is known to attract street racers, according to law enforcement officials. Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in smashed into a light pole and tree. The two had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser at Rodas' custom car shop in Valencia, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The movie studio that makes the Fast & Furious action franchise said yesterday it was suspending production of the latest installment, while authorities pressed ahead with their investigation into how Paul Walker died.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said autopsies were under way on the two bodies recovered from the fiery crash of a Porsche that Walker, a star of the mega-hit movies, and his friend were last seen riding in.
Walker’s publicist has said the actor was the passenger when Roger Rodas’s Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames Saturday.
The families of both men have provided dental records, which will permit not only formal identification of the bodies, but also official word on whether Walker or Rodas was behind the wheel.
Walker starred in all but one of the six Fast & Furious films. He had been on break from shooting the latest installment; Universal Pictures said yesterday that production of Fast & Furious 7 is on hold. They have not said how it will adjust the movie or handle Walker’s unfinished performance.