News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Tues. Dec. 3, 2013: As the shock wore off and the passing of actor Paul Walker became a reality, Caribbean and Latin celebrities were among millions of fans who took to twitter to voice shock and disbelief.
Bajan-born singer Rihanna, a notorious tweeter, called the news “very, very sad.”
“I’m so heartbroken about this! #PW,” she wrote.
Model Tyson Beckford, who has Jamaican roots and appeared in ‘Into the Blue’ with Walker, posted a picture on Instagram of the two with the caption: “I will see you again.”
Michelle Rodriguez, whose mother is from the Dominican Republic, and her father from Puerto Rico, also co-starred in The Fast and Furious took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share a heartfelt message about friend and late co-star, Paul Walker.
“I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother with a forced smile on my face,” the Fast and Furious actress wrote about her late co-star. “And Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.”
Actress Zoe Saldana whose father died in a car accident when she was nine years old and whose mother is from the DR, also took to her Twitter to share her condolences.
“A very sad day indeed. R.I.P. Paul Walker. Our prayers are with you and your family,” stated Saldana.
Jessica Alba, who is of Mexican ancestry, also took to Twitter to express her thoughts of the passing of the man who she starred opposite in ‘Into the Blue.’
“#RIPPAULWalker–he was a lovely person–so sweet and grounded. My heart goes out to his family,” she wrote.
Jordana Brewster who shared the screen with Walker as Mia Toretto in the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise and during the series married and eventually had a baby with Brian O’Conner, played by the late actor was also in shock.
“Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone,” the Brazilian-American actress wrote on Twitter.
“RIP Paul Walker.. Eerie that the star of The Fast & The Furious died in a car accident.. God Bless his daughter,” added Latino heartthrob Mario Lopez.
Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by business partner, Roger Rodas, an El Salvador born national, when the car slammed into a light pole and burst into flames on Saturday, Nov. 30th. Walker and his friend were pronounced dead at the scene.
They are big charity workers and were leaving an event for Walker’s founded fundraiser Reach Out Worldwide. The charity was part of an aid response team to help those connected to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Rodas also did charity work for The Asomugha Foundation.
Rodas and Walker were friends and owned a race car shop together named, Always Revolving.
Rodas also served as the star’s financial adviser, confirmed E! News. Rodas previously worked as a managing director-wealth adviser for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. He earned a degree in Finance from California State University, and received several continuing education certifications from the The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
AUTOPSY AND THE FUNERAL
According to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, autopsies of the remains are scheduled for today, Tuesday, Dec. 2nd.
His family says In lieu of flowers or other gifts, Paul Walker’s family asks that donations be made to his charity @ReachOutWW.
Among his last tweets, was another ironic one: “When you #LiveFast, there’s no definite set of rules.”