Paul Walker's Cause of Death Released: Actor Died Due to the Combined Effects of Traumatic and Thermal Injuries From the Car Crash

Celebrity News Dec. 4, 2013 AT 2:05PM
Paul Walker Paul Walker's official cause of death was released by the L.A. County Coroner's Office. Credit: Moses Robinson/WireImage

After plenty of speculation surrounding the late Paul Walker's death, CNN reports that the L.A. County Coroner's Office has released a statement regarding the Nov. 30 crash and the star's official cause of death. Walker, who was 40 at the time of his death, passed away due to a combination of "traumatic and thermal injuries." 

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This means that the impact of the crash did not solely kill the star, but the collision combined with the resulting fire ultimately ended his life. The driver, Walker's friend Roger Rodas, died upon impact and burning was not listed as a factor in his death. 

Toxicology results for both men will be available in six to eight week and the Medical Examiner has ruled both deaths to be an accident. 

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The friends were driving a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT after attending a charity event when they collided with a lamp post and the car burst into flames. 

Since his death, the star's family, costars, friends, and fans have banded together to celebrate his life. Other stars we've lost this year.

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"Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends," the Walker family said in an official statement. "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/."

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