It’s been five days since the crash that killed The Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker and his pal Roger Rodas in Santa Clarita, Calif., and we’ve got all the latest developments, right here on radio detection and rangingOnline.com.
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5. Coffee Controversy
As with any tragedy, some have tried to cash in on the highly-emotional time, in big ways and small. Orange Is the New Black‘s Jason Biggs took offense to one cash-driven tribute at a Los Angeles Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Tuesday, as the establishment had tip jars named after two of Walker’s most prominent works — The Fast and Furious and Varsity Blues. The American Pie star snapped a shot of the tip jars, asking the franchise, “Umm, am I crazy, or does this seem exploitive and in poor taste?” Biggs and Walker worked together in 2006′s Eight Below.
4. ‘An Unfortunate Coincidence’
An episode of Wheel of Fortune broadcast in as many as 200 markets Tuesday featured “The Fast and the Furious” as the answer to one of its’ puzzles. Host Pat Sajak took to Twitter to make a mea culpa for the ill-timed reference just days after Walker’s death. He wrote, “Feel terrible about timing of ‘Fast & Furious’ puzzle tonight. Taped long ago & went out to 200 local station days ago.” The show apologized for the “unfortunate coincidence,” issuing a statement through its’ Twitter that the episode was taped Oct. 4. “The hearts of everyone at Wheel of Fortune go out to the family, friends & fans of Paul Walker,” the show said.
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3. Send In The Clowns
The Westboro Baptist Church announced it will show up to Walker’s funeral to spread their homophobic, anti-semitic messages to the masses. The antagonistic, Kansas-based group tweeted: “Paul served himself & the gods of this world (money, fame, excess of riot, etc.) while refusing to serve His Creator & use his platform, to encourage his neighbors to do the same. He’s in Hell & Westboro will #PicketFuneral.” The group has run into trouble with their antics over the past year, receiving blowback from the hacker group Anonymous, as well as other angered citizens.
2. The Rock Says …
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, speaking with Entertainment Weekly, lauded his Fast & Furious co-star for being a humble, down-to-earth guy, despite his status as an in-demand Hollywood hunk. “He was motivated by work that allowed him to take care of his family, number one, and that also allowed him the power and the leverage to help people in need and in crisis,” Johnson said of his colleague. “The most important thing that we had in common was the importance of family time and being a great father to our daughters. We bonded over that. It was always the number one topic we would talk about. We would talk about silly guy things, his fast cars and my pickup trucks, or we would talk about the beautiful energy of Hawaii — but it always ultimately came back to family. And very specifically, the beautiful and important bond between a father and his daughter, and how we both realized that over the years.” He praised Walker’s professionalism, calling the actor “a very calming presence on set.”
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1. Autopsy Results Forthcoming
Officials said the autopsy results — which would confirm Walker and Rodas were in the car, and Rodas was behind the wheel — were finished Tuesday, placed on a security hold, and will be released Wednesday. Both families of the crash victims have provided dental results to the coroner’s office. Los Angeles County Coroner spokesman Ed Winter said tests to determine whether either was under the influence of drugs or alcohol “could take six or eight weeks to get the results,” calling it “a question that people are going to want to know the answer to.”
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