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Paul Walker's Cause of Death Released

2:36 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
In 2009, Walker attended a 'Fast & Furious 4' press event in France. Mark Renders Getty Images
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Ann Oldenburg, USA Today

The autopsies on Paul Walker and Roger Rodas have been completed, says the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Update, 1:10 p.m. ET: Official causes of death: Rodas, the driver of the vehicle, died of multiple traumatic injuries; Walker, the passenger, died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, the Los Angeles county coroner's office said, reports CNN.

The deaths were ruled to be accidental. Toxicology results are pending, and could take several weeks.


The reports were finished on Tuesday, reports AP, on the men who were killed Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in crashed into a light pole in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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Authorities are expected to release the results today "at the earliest," Craig Harvey of the coroner's office tells the Los Angeles Times.

Walker's publicist has said the actor was the passenger when the car crashed. 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, reports AP.

Detectives have not determined exactly what caused the crash, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told AP that speed was a factor.

Production on "Fast & Furious 7" Shut down

NEW YORK (AP) - Universal Pictures has shut down production "for a period of time" on "Fast & Furious 7" following the death of its star Paul Walker. The studio announced Wednesday that the film will shut down "for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise." The seventh installment of the street racings series had begun shooting in September.

When Walker died in a fiery car crash Saturday, the film was on break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Shooting had been planned to resume Monday in Atlanta, but production was put on hold following Walker's death.While much of "Fast & Furious 7" has been filmed, it is far from complete. Universal is scheduled to release the film in July.

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