The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has released the cause of death for Paul Walker. The actor died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries which he sustained after a fiery car accident on Nov. 30.
These results mean that the 40-year-old didn’t die from the impact of the crash alone, but rather, from being burned after the car burst into flames. His friend, Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche, died from traumatic injuries suffered upon impact. Their deaths have been ruled an accident, and toxicology results will be available in 6 to 8 weeks.
Meanwhile, Universal Pictures released a statement about production on Fast and Furious 7, which Paul had been in the middle of filming before the unexpected event. “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast and Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers,” the statement read. “At this time, we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast and Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.”
The production company gave no indication of just how long that period of time would be. “We are committed to keeping Fast and Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it,” the statement concluded. “Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”