I don't do this. The only time I read entertainment news is when I need to see how very normal my life really is by comparing it to the antics and shenanigans of the Hollywierd elite. It is akin to watching auto racing. Blood sport. Watching most celebrities with their names splashed across the headlines for drugs, assaults, DUI charges and any number of offenses.
Reading about the untimely passing of Paul Walker of "Fast and Furious" fame left me feeling far different. His was a true loss. I look now at pictures of the wreck, and my trained eye knows he did not suffer. The entertainment industry, however, will suffer for his loss. I read the words of his costars and their pain is genuine. He left an emotional mark on every life he touched. I do not make friends easily but having read about him and seen a good number of interviews with him over the years I can see he was the kind of man I would have been honored to call friend.
He struck me as so truly genuine that you just knew that the man being interviewed was the real Paul Walker. He championed causes not for publicity but because he believed in them. He seemed to gravitate to like minded, like hearted people...Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris...all those he shared the screen with, they must be wonderful people. The chemistry of the main cast was so obvious that you knew they were family first, actors second. Making a mundane comparison, they all strike me as the type of folks who'd stop and help you change a flat tire on a rainy night.
If I had a dollar for every eye roll I did reading about the Sheens and Kardashians and Lohans I'd be wealthier than any actor. How often did you read about Mr. Walker? And of those how much was negative? None that I read. Again...I wish I'd had the honor of meeting the man, even once.
To the Family and Friends of Paul Walker: I have lost those closest to me to similar tragedy, so I know the hole in your hearts right now. It is up to you all to be his legacy. He chose you as friends and from what I know of you all he did so with good reason. All of you, as well, I would call friend if circumstance allowed. My deepest, heartfelt feelings go out to you, and my prayers as well for his daughter. I would lay money down that he was a great father, like I was with my own children. Be there for her, console one another, and carry on with his good work. He trusted you all in life with good reason, and I know not one of you will disappoint his memory.
May he soar with the angels, and in the deep of night if you wake with a feeling of peace you will know it is him, reaching back for you from above and telling you he loved you all. That is him telling you you're a right person. That's him telling you he loves you, and will, now, eternally.