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article imageFast & Furious: Fast 6 proceeds to aid charity, Fast 7 shuts down

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 5, 2013 in Entertainment
In response to the death of Hollywood actor Paul Walker, Universal Studios have announced that a percentage of the proceeds from "Fast & Furious 6" will be paid to charity, while production of "Fast & Furious 7" has been shut down.
Walker died last weekend (Saturday, November 30) in a car accident just outside Los Angeles. He had been a passenger in his friend's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. His friend, Roger Rodas, was also killed in the accident.
According to Hollywood Life, Universal Pictures is honouring their star "by donating a portion of the profits from the DVD release of Fast & Furious 6 to the late actor’s disaster-relief charity, Reach Out Worldwide [ROWW]."
Walker set up Reach Out Worldwide, a non-profit organisation, following the help he gave to victims of the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti in January 2010.
As reported via Project Casting, he Chair of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, said in a press release from the studio:
With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others. We share in the deep grief of his family, friends and the countless fans who love him. We keep Paul’s memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit he founded to give hope to those who must rebuild after they have experienced natural disasters.
According to ROWW's mission statement, the charity consists of:
skilled volunteers — is a non-profit registered 501(c)3 organization. While part of a relief team responding to the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010; Actor/Producer Paul Walker saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations. Following the trip, he contacted a group of his friends to assist him in forming ROWW with the purpose of filling this unmet need.
ROWW is a network of committed professionals with first responder skill-set (including project management, logistics, heavy equipment operation, EMT, paramedic, firefighting, and healthcare, etc). The volunteers provide their expertise when disasters strike and augment local resources with the goal of accelerating relief efforts on a worldwide basis. ROWW has developed Standard Operating Procedures that facilitate arriving quickly, clearing access, providing basic necessities and medical assistance to ease the survivors' pain and bringing hope in the bleakest of circumstances.
ROWW operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person's life, the world has been changed for the better.
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In a separate statement, Universal Pictures announced that production on the next installment in the film franchise, Fast & furious 7, has been shut down. As first revealed by The Wrap, the statement read:
Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time, we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.
We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.
Earlier, Universal released a moving YouTube video, as a tribute to the star, which included clips from the Fast & Furious film franchise the late Hollywood actor starred in.
As reported by Deadline, Walker's family, meanwhile, has requested that anyone wishing to make donations do so to his charity, including in lieu of flowers.
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