The celebration of Paul Walker's life and legacy continues to grow - with Universal Pictures paying its respects to the late actor with a touching new tribute video.
The studio, which produces the "Fast and Furious" films for which Walker was best known, put together a mashup of scenes from the franchise featuring the late actor and his co-stars. Released yesterday, it has already been viewed over 1.3 million times.
The description of the video reads, "Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/
Universal has also announced that it will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the upcoming release of "Fast and Furious 6" to the actor's Reach Out Worldwide charity.
“With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others. We share in the deep grief of his family, friends and the countless fans who love him,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “We keep Paul’s memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit he founded to give hope to those who must rebuild after they have experienced natural disasters.”
Even if you were not familiar with Walker or his films, the pure saturation of remembrances and love for the guy online this week has been hard to avoid. A friend told HollywoodLife
that the actor was “overjoyed and full of gratitude” in the hours leading up to his death after a successful charity drive which raised about “$1 million worth of toys and games” for the victims of both the Philippines typhoon and of the recent tornados in Indiana.
Perhaps the most widely spread story of Walker's generosity was one for which he never intended anyone else to know about. Back in 2004, the actor secretly purchased a $10,000 engagement ring for a military vet and his girlfriend after meeting the couple and overhearing their inability to afford the item.
"He called the manager and he said, ‘Umm, the ring that those people are looking at – put it on my tab,’” jewelry store associate Irene King told CBS Los Angeles
; adding that Walker wished to remain anonymous. “Soon after that, he just left.”
Check out Universal's tribute to Paul Walker below. For more information on how to donate to his charity, jump here