Paul Walker was worth $25 million when he died and there seems to be some possibility of a family conflict ... this, based on new documents obtained by TMZ.
We've obtained a copy of Paul Walker's will. Walker left his entire estate -- $25 mil -- to his 15-year-old daughter Meadow.
Paul's dad -- the named executor -- filed Paul's will with the court. Paul's dad has petitioned the court to appoint Paul's mother -- Cheryl -- guardian of Meadow. What's more, Paul's dad wants Cheryl to be the guardian of the $25 mil. This is exactly what Paul wanted under the will.
Now Meadow lives with her mom, Rebecca Soteros. If Paul gets his last wish, grandma will become Meadow's guardian. It's unclear if Rebecca approves, but it's definitely strange that Paul wanted his mom to be guardian since Meadow lives with Rebecca.
A court hearing is scheduled for later this month.
Paul Walker Dragged Into Nasty Custody Battle
2/1/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyrese Gibson claims his baby mama is using Paul Walker's death to shame him in their child custody war ... TMZ has learned.
Norma Gibson filed court docs claiming Tyrese is a bad dad, who should have stayed in L.A. to spend time with their 6-year-old daughter after Paul Walker's death ... because he had time on his hands since "Fast & Furious 7" was put on hold.
Norma says Tyrese blew off his little girl, choosing instead to go "gallivanting throughout Dubai ... staying in expensive hotels ... partying on yachts, sky-diving with other movie stars, driving expensive cars, and making special appearances in night clubs."
But sources close to Tyrese say he's indignant Norma is using Paul ... and he went to Dubai on business. He had 4 gigs and he needed the money -- ironically to pay the child support Norma was demanding.
The court battle rages on later this month ... when they each try and convince a court-appointed child evaluator who's good and who's evil.
Shaken to the Core
Over Surprise Paul Walker Tribute in Dubai
1/8/2014 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyrese Gibson nearly broke down today in Dubai ... after coming across an unexpected Paul Walker tribute that left him speechless ... and he just posted the extremely emotional footage online.
Warning: it's a real tear jerker.
As we reported, Tyrese -- who starred alongside Walker in the "Fast & Furious" movies -- has taken the actor's death extremely hard. A day after Walker died, Tyrese burst into pained tears at the crash site and has spoken at length ever since about the impact Paul has had on his life.
Walker was killed November 30th when the Porsche he was riding in skidded off the road at high speed and crashed into a tree.
1/3/2014 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's entire body was charred through the skin it was burned so badly ... this according to the autopsy ... burned so bad none of his organs were suitable for donation.
According to the report ... obtained by TMZ ... Walker's body was laying supine in the passenger seat in a "pugilistic stance" -- that's a defensive position, as if he were bracing himself for impact.
He had multiple fractures throughout his body, including his jaw, collarbone, and left upper arm. There were also various ribs and pelvic fractures.
The report concludes Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" sustained from the Nov. 30 crash in Santa Clarita, CA.
According to the report, the L.A. County Coroner is preserving portions of Paul's organs in a jar -- sources tell us tissues are kept for a certain period of time in case of lawsuits.
Roger Rodas -- the driver -- suffered major head trauma with the top portion of his skull fractured and his brain exposed.
No alcohol or drug traces were found in either body.
The report also says there was "scant soot in Walker's trachea" -- suggesting he took a few breaths after impact. Sources close to the investigation, however, tell TMZ, they believe both men died almost immediately.
And the report goes on ... Paul had 14% carbon monoxide saturation in his blood stream ... the normal level is 2%. Roger had 10%.
According to the report ... after impact the car spun 180 degrees, struck a tree and nearly tore in half before exploding in flames.
Paul Walker Death Street
Residents Say Hell No to Name Change
12/23/2013 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a war brewing over the street Paul Walker died on ... one group of fans are trying to pay tribute to the late actor by re-naming the road after him -- while many residents want no such thing.
A petition with several thousand signatures has been circulating online -- asking the city of Santa Clarita to change the street's name to "Walker Rodas Memorial Parkway."
Here's the problem ... most residents are saying no way ... because Paul did nothing for the community.
Regardless ... the petition has managed to rack up almost 2K signatures ... and counting.
City councilman TimBen Boydston tells TMZ ... the street can only be renamed with support of the community ... so it seems like a pipe dream.
Paul Walker's Car Shop
12/19/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The car shop owned by Paul Walker and Roger Rodas is shutting its doors for good ... after both men were killed in a violent car crash last month, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Rodas tell TMZ, Always Evolving -- the performance and racing shop in Valencia, CA -- is expected to close for business in the next few weeks.
We're told the people who helped run the shop have already left and are looking for new jobs.
The shop itself is being cleaned out, and we're told the cars in-house will be auctioned off.
We're also told there's a core group of people who want to keep the shop open, but without Rodas and Walker's leadership and financial support ... it's impossible.
Crash Investigation Ongoing
Report Blaming Speed Alone Is Bogus
12/18/2013 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A new report blaming Paul Walker's fatal car accident on excess speed alone is false -- multiple informed law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
The Associated Press is running a story that investigators have already concluded there was NO EVIDENCE Paul's Porsche had mechanical problems at the time of the crash.
According to the report, investigators believe Paul's friend Roger Rodas was simply driving way too fast ... and that's what led to the November 30 crash in Santa Clarita, which killed both Walker and Rodas. The report says the investigation also ruled out debris in the road as a possible cause for the car losing control.
But we've learned that's not true -- multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation tell us, the investigation is ongoing and NO determinations have been made regarding the cause.
We broke the story ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has summoned Porsche engineers from Germany to come here and examine what's left of the engine, brakes and tires in an effort to determine the cause of the accident.
Paul Walker Crash
Cops Summon Porsche Experts from Germany
12/18/2013 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Paul Walker death investigation has taken a new turn -- mechanical experts who work at Porsche in Germany are flying out to L.A. in an attempt to get to the bottom of what caused the fatal crash ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... they want a full analysis of the Carrera GT, including brakes, engine and body. They also want the experts to help determine speed at the time of impact. Our sources say they're also interested in the tires, and at least one is available for analysis because it was not completely destroyed in the fire.
TMZ broke the story, the L.A. County Coroner determined Walker died from a combination of impact and flames.
The Porsche experts will be working with Sheriff investigators to make an attempt to determine a clear cause of the crash.
Traumatic & Thermal Injuries
12/16/2013 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries"... this according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.
The official cause of death is significant ... it means Walker wasn't killed from the impact alone. He also burned to death after the crash.
The L.A. County Coroner released Paul's cause of death earlier this month. The man who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, Roger Rodas, also died from "multiple traumatic injuries," but the Coroner did NOT list burns as a factor in his death.
Both death certificates reveal the men died quickly ... according to the doc, the time interval between the impact and their deaths was "rapid."
Both Walker and Rodas were killed in the November 30th crash in Santa Clarita, CA. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but as we reported, officials suspect plastic bumps in the road may have caused Rodas to lose control.
12/16/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's family -- and Tyrese -- said their final goodbye to the actor on a Santa Barbara beach.
Paul's dad, his 15-year-old daughter Meadow, Paul's brother and others were there celebrating Paul's life by enjoying a beautiful SoCal day -- playing football on the sand and hanging out.
Tyrese -- who co-starred with Walker in the "Fast & Furious" franchise -- was also present.
A bunch of people wore Viking hats -- not sure of the significance.
Santa Barbara was an appropriate place for the memorial. Paul made Santa Barbara home -- he wasn't really a Hollywood guy.
Small, Private Funeral
Held By Family and Friends
12/14/2013 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Walker's ashes were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills Saturday morning ... and we're told the ceremony was brief.
As we previously reported ... the family is planning to hold another memorial in the near future ... this time for more people that were close to Paul.
Gene Autry, Don Cornelius, and Liberace were also laid to rest at Forest Lawn.
Paul Walker Death
Family Hunts For Burial Plot
12/11/2013 2:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's family is making plans for a proper funeral ... touring the grounds of a famous L.A. cemetery looking for a suitable burial plot.
Walker was killed 11 days ago when a Porsche Carrera GT driven by buddy Roger Rodas slammed into a pole and exploded in flames.
Walker's dad, Paul Sr., and other family members went to Forest Lawn Cemetery today to finalize plans and choose a final resting place.
We're told the Walkers are planning a small funeral -- mostly family -- but it will also include cast and crew from the "Fast & Furious" movies.
No word on when the funeral will be held.
Family Believes Road Bumps Sealed His Fate
12/11/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker died after the speeding Porsche in which he was riding hydroplaned on reflective plastic markers in the street ... at least that's what his family and accident reconstruction experts believe.
Sources close to Paul's family tell TMZ ... the family has been in touch with stunt experts who have gone to the crash site and come back with what they believe is a solid theory -- a speeding car that hits the plastic markers -- called Botts' Dots -- will hydroplane, causing the driver to lose control.
We've learned the experts have told the family ... a car going speeds approaching 90 MPH will lose traction after hitting a series of Botts' Dots. It's akin to driving on ice -- and control is further compromised by the fact that the Porsche was outfitted with special racing tires that have very little tread.
And there's this ... Porsche sent out a memo to dealers back in 2004, warning about control problems with the Carrera GT, saying, "This vehicle cannot drive over a Foster Beer can that is lying on its side. It will crush the can and damage the carbon fiber under panels," adding, "You need to be aware of what type of road surface you are on (dips, pot holes, seam heights, etc.)."
Law enforcement sources say they have not concluded the exact cause of the accident, but it appears they're looking at the Botts' Dots ... as a viable theory for triggering the fatal crash.