Michelle Rodriguez is the latest “Fast & Furious” star to speak out about Paul Walker’s sudden and tragic death.
The 35-year-old actress, who was part of the movie franchise’s original cast before returning to action in “Fast & Furious 6,” took to Twitter to express her heartbreak.
“I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and I'm gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to,” she tweeted, before changing her account’s header image to the logo of Walker’s charity organization, Reach Out Worldwide.
Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died Saturday when Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT smashed into a light pole and trees, then exploded in flames. Authorities said speed was a factor but that the duo was not involved in a street race at the time of the crash.
Since news of Walker’s untimely death, his “Fast & Furious” co-stars, who were on holiday break from filming the next installment of the franchise, have spoken out, expressing what the actor meant to them.
In a recent statement, Jordana Brewster, who played the actor’s love interest in the movies, said Walker’s death is “heartbreaking.”
“Paul was an enormous presence in my life for the past 14 years. While many would be satisfied with material success, it made Paul more convinced of the need to help others,” she said. “He never spoke of his immense generosity or philanthropic endeavors unless I prodded, however. This is what made Paul Paul.”
The statement continued, “He lived with integrity, humanity and humility and seemed most happy when talking about his daughter, Meadow. I don’t know anyone who lived each moment more fully and loved life more than Paul, making his loss all the more heartbreaking.”
The actress had also taken to Twitter to express her shock in the tragedy.
“Paul was pure light,” Brewster tweeted. “I cannot believe his is gone.”
Hours after word spread of Walker’s death, reggaeton singer Don Omar, who starred in “Fast Five” alongside Walker, said in Spanish in his Twitter account, “I still cannot find any of our friends to confirm your death, but if it’s true @RealPaulWalker we will see each other in heaven.”
Vin Diesel broke his silence Monday night, arriving at the crash site and thanking mourners and fans for “showing that angel in heaven how much you appreciate him.”
Diesel also posted two images celebrating his friend and co-star’s life on Facebook, quoting Scottish poet Thomas Campbell: “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.”
He followed with a message to Walker:
“Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now … and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on us… on me… I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were… on and off screen.”