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  • 7 December 2013, 2:55

Paul Walker: Fast & Furious Tribute Video

The Fast & Furious team has released a two-minute tribute video in memory of Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash near Hollywood at the weekend.

The YouTube video features scenes from the film franchise to the music of Coming Home by P Diddy.

It ends with a clip of co-star Vin Diesel making a toast, and an image of Walker leaning against a car with a message reading "in loving memory".

A message accompanying the video asks mourners to make donations to Walker's charity Reach Out World Wide instead of sending flowers or other tributes.

Walker, 40, had attended a benefit by the organisation when he and his friend Roger Rodas, 38, got into a Porsche Carrera GT and, shortly afterward, slammed into a lamp post in a high-speed crash.

The car burst into flames and the two were killed at the scene.

An autopsy has shown that Walker died from the "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries", while Mr Rodas, who was at the wheel, died of multiple traumatic injuries, the coroner said.

The coroner ruled that both deaths were accidents and said the injuries occurred when the car struck a fixed object.

The families of both men gave authorities dental records to provide formal identification of the bodies.

As a result of Walker's death, Universal Pictures has announced it is putting the filming of Fast & Furious 7 on hold indefinitely.

The studio said: "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise."

More than half the movie has reportedly been made and it was slated for release on July 11, 2014.

Universal Pictures has also reportedly decided to donate part of the proceeds from the DVD sakes of the sixth instalment of the franchise to Reach Out World Wide.

Accident investigators are trying to work out what happened in the moments leading up to Saturday's tragedy in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

But their enquiries have been hindered by the crowds of fans that have continued to flock to the crash site.

Investigators do not believe Mr Rodas and Walker had been racing another car, but said they had been speeding on a street with a 45mph limit, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's department.

A video taken from a nearby building shows smoke from the initial crash and then later a large explosion that lights up the sky.

While the neighbourhood where the tragedy happened is known to attract street racers, police said they had no indication of a second car being involved in the smash.

Police have warned fans not to perform stunts on the stretch of road the crash took place.

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