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Paul Walker

Family Blindsided

By Sheriff's Death Report

3/26/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paul Walker
's family did not get an advance courtesy call from law enforcement telling them they had determined the cause of Paul Walker's death ... and they're not happy.

Walker family sources tell TMZ, they feel totally betrayed by the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. ... the agency that conducted the probe.

The Sheriff's Dept. held a news conference Tuesday saying speed caused the crash -- not mechanical failure.  The family found out through media reports.

The family says they've been waiting for months, and it's been very difficult preparing for the moment when they learned why Paul died.  They say after such a long, emotional wait, they now feel shortchanged.

One family member learned of the results Tuesday on TV ... when the news ticker at the bottom of the screen unexpectedly rolled through.  The family member says that was simply cold.

We reached out to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. for comment -- so far, no word back.

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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

If this story is even true, I'm sure it was a shock, but does the sheriff's office contact the family of every single person who dies accidentally when the cause of the accident was determined. By the way, the cause of death would be in the medical examiner's report, not the sheriff's.

211 days ago
2.

Mel    

What a bunch of crap, EVERYONE has known speed was the factor from the start not sure why the shock from the family.

211 days ago
3.

I'm Awesome admit it     

Still hard to believe he died and it wasn't even his fault smh R.I.P Paul

211 days ago
4.

IDATEDASQUIRTER    

Damn.......

211 days ago
5.

oh really     

They should have notified the family they were going to hold a press conference, gee they sent TMZ a heads up and this is a tabloid site.
Bad form by the Police dept.
The family should have gotten a courtesy call

211 days ago
6.

H8Kardash    

The family was waiting because if it was determined it was mechanical failure they would have a fat lawsuit against Porsche.. Thats all they cared about, more money

211 days ago
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Jean Williams    

I do not understand what the issue is here. AS if SPEED was not going to be the cause of the accident??? Let me guess.... Now they want to sue LA County...

211 days ago
8.

Canadasux    

'Not much to see here.

211 days ago
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Jim Albert    

Seriously???They were blindsided by the fact the Sheriff figured out that the car was speeding and lost control and hit the tree?? What the heck kind of warning did they need.. "hello.. we are about to state the absolutely obvious reason for why the car crashed and they died" duh.. I say.. shut up and Grieve.. and stop looking for someone to sue.. You vultures!!

211 days ago
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larry    

Pitiful they were just looking to sue somebody and make a lot of money but it was his own dumb fault and the guy who was driving his car.

211 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

Tmz, do you alert them ahead of time when you go and exploit them for hits ?

211 days ago
12.

Lucky_130    

You can never have to many Paul Walker stories

211 days ago
13.

Bob    

I could have told them this months ago, it was not a surprise as witnesses said they were speeding

211 days ago
14.

John    

Get a life. How does not bring him back.

211 days ago
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bill_leslie    

They're just disappointed that they can't sue Porsche.

211 days ago
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