It's been almost a year and half since Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was tragically killed in a car accident, and with Furious 7's touching tribute to the young actor still fresh in my mind, the loss to the industry isn't getting any easier to bear.
However, if there's one consolation to this great misfortune, it's the knowledge that right up until the very end of his life, Paul Walker was doing what he loved: meeting fans.
Last year, a fellow named Bill Townsend posted the following photo on Facebook, now thought to be the last known picture of Walker alive.
Humble till the end
It's great to see how down to earth the legendary actor really was. Townsend said:
"I was just with him no more than 2 or 3 hours ago. Talking cars, he was so happy seeing all his friends get together to look at the cars.
I hope it wasn't him in the wreck, but if it was, he would have passed doing something he loved, which is driving cars. The world lost an angel in Paul."
If only he knew what was coming...
The day of the tragedy
On the day the photo was taken, Walker was on his way to a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide. While Paul was in the passenger seat, the driver lost control of the vehicle at high speed, crashing into a tree. Both Walker and his companion, Roger Rodas, were pronounced dead soon after.
Walker is survived by his 16-year-old daughter and father, pictured below.
Furious 7 was able to wrap up its production with the help of Paul's brothers Caleb and Cody, who volunteered as body doubles.
Universal Pictures issued a statement at the time saying:
Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the 'Fast and Furious' films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family.
RIP Paul - Ride in Paradise...