Paul Walker Death Cause Confirmed; Burns, Injuries From Car Crash Killed 'Fast And Furious' Actor, Coroner Says [PHOTOS]

By Ani Palen December 4, 2013 3:09 PM EST
Cast member Paul Walker attends the premiere of the film
Cast member Paul Walker attends the premiere of the film Fast & Furious in Los Angeles March 12, 2009. (Photo: Reuters)

Coroners have confirmed Paul Walker's cause of death to be the result of burns and injuries after a fatal car crash killed the Fast And Furious actor. After an initial autopsy coroners determined that Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, noting that he died "within seconds" of the crash. They have also determined that Roger Rodas died of multiple traumatic injures.

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Coroners could not perform the autopsies sooner because they needed dental records to positively ID the bodies of both Walker and Rodas even though eyewitnesses confirmed that both men were in the vehicle. Both deaths have been ruled accidental, a result of "auto versus fixed object." Toxicology reports may take six to eight weeks and more information will be available after a final autopsy is completed.

This photo was reportedly from the car crash that Paul Walker was involved in. (Twitter/247PAPSTV)
This photo was reportedly from the car crash that Paul Walker was involved in. (Twitter/247PAPSTV)

An investigation is still ongoing to determine the exact cause of the accident, though police believe speed was a factor when the Porsche Carrera Walker and Rodas were in lost control and caught fire. The speed limit on the street where the car crashed is 45 MPH, and police are working to determine how fast the car was actually going before the fatal crash.

Fans gather and place flowers at the scene of a fiery crash that killed
Fans gather and place flowers at the scene of a fiery crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles on December 1, 2013. Walker died at the scene Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)

A funeral for Walker has not been announced, though family and friends of the actor gathered for a private roadside memorial at the crash site earlier this week.

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