First responders to the Paul Walker crash declared the actor dead almost immediately after arriving on the scene ... and TMZ has obtained audio of the call to dispatch.
According to the recording ... the first firefighters arrived less than 3 minutes after a 911 call alerted them to the crash -- and one of their first communications from the scene is "two fatalities" ... and "DOA."
The man on-scene also informs dispatch it's a "Code N" incident ... which means it's a newsworthy event that should be handled with care.
As we previously reported ... several of Paul's friends were on-scene and most likely told firefighters the actor was in the vehicle.
Listen to the audio ... it's clear firefighters had no doubt Paul and Roger Rodas died instantly.
Paul Walker Death
Huge Car Rally Planned As Tribute
12/6/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker will be remembered by thousands of auto enthusiasts this weekend with a huge, noisy car rally ... but TMZ has learned law enforcement will be out in force ... gunning for any reckless drivers.
The car meet is scheduled to begin at noon on Hercules Street ... near the spot where Walker and Roger Rodas died in the fiery crash of their Porsche Carrera GT last weekend.
More than 20,000 people are expected to show up -- that's a lot of vehicles. City officials are urging locals to avoid the area altogether.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they'll be ready for trouble, too ... with a highly visible police presence to make sure the event goes off safely.
We're told ... anyone caught doing burnouts or driving recklessly will be cited ... and could have their car impounded on the spot.
Dead at 95
12/5/2013 1:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former South African President Nelson Mandela -- famous for his fight to end the racist policy of apartheid -- died today at the age of 95.
Mandela's health had been in steep decline over the past few months -- he was hospitalized on June 8 for kidney and liver problems and had been on life support. Doctors also said he had a recurring lung infection.
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, had said Mandela was "well looked after" and "comfortable" during his final days.
Mandela became an international figure during his 27 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow South Africa's government. He was released in 1990, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in '93.
In 1994 Mandela helped orchestrate South Africa's first multi-racial election -- and became the country's first Black president.
Over the years, Mandela's been portrayed by several major actors including Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover and Idris Elba.
He also made a cameo as a teacher in Spike Lee's 1992 flick "Malcolm X."
Paul Walker Death
Image in Burning Porsche Video is NOT Paul
12/5/2013 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker did NOT make a final desperate attempt to escape the burning wreckage -- and the image seen in video shot right after the crash is definitely NOT Paul ... TMZ has learned.
There had been rampant speculation and buzz on the Internet that a shadowy figure seen around 23 seconds into the video of the burning Porsche Carrera GT ... was Walker trying to get out of the vehicle, but sources connected to the investigation now say it just isn't so ... for several reasons.
First, the sources tell us that, based on photographs of the wreckage ... Paul's body was pinned in an area of the car that makes it clear he couldn't have been flailing outside the vehicle.
Also ...we're told that based on the injuries he suffered, Paul died within a nanosecond of impact, and therefore it's impossible for the image in the video to be him.
It's not clear how long after impact the video starts, but clearly more than a nanosecond.
As for what the image really is -- we're told law enforcement has watched the video, and based on evidence from the crash site ... it appears to be a part of the car's roof burning.
Paul Walker Death
Fan Tributes Moved From Crash Site
12/5/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The crash site where Paul Walker and Roger Rodas died has become so cluttered with fan memorabilia ... the city has cleared the area and will begin cracking down on looky-loos who come to visit ... TMZ has learned.
Reps for the city of Santa Clarita tell us ... the flowers, candles, posters, and other tributes -- not to mention all the trash -- that have been left at the crash site by fans paying their respects had piled up in the street and created a road hazard.
We're told city crews have not thrown anything away ... but they've moved all of the items off the street and onto the sidewalk ... and they've invited the Walker and Rodas families to take away anything they'd like to keep.
Also ... we've learned that starting today the city will be enforcing NO parking on the street near the scene of the crash ... handing out tickets to violators.
Burning Porsche Video May Show Escape Attempt
12/4/2013 6:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A close examination of the video showing the Paul Walker's Porsche engulfed in flames reveals a shadowy image appearing to flail.
There is now a swirl of speculation that the image, seen roughly 23 seconds into the clip, is Paul attempting to escape the death trap.
Law enforcement sources who participated in the investigation tell TMZ ... there is strong evidence that Paul and Roger Rodas never got out of their seats, but when pressed they would not conclusively say that Paul didn't attempt an escape.
Our sources say ... investigators are confident Roger absolutely didn't move -- but they would not definitely say that about Paul.
One source says it appears both men were trapped in their seats and therefore did not attempt an escape, but the key word is "appears."
We're told law enforcement is looking at the video now.
We broke the story ... the L.A. County Coroner's Office says Paul died from both trauma from the crash AND burn injuries, which insinuates the actor survived the initial impact and the fire was partially responsible for his death.
'Fast & Furious 6' Ads
We're Donating Profits to Paul Walker's Charity
12/4/2013 3:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
With "The Fast and the Furious 6" being released on DVD next week, the people behind the movie scrambled to change the entire marketing campaign in the wake of Paul Walker's death ... and now the new ads are beginning to surface.
One of the TV spots begins with somber music and a slow montage of Paul ... and explains how a portion of the proceeds from the DVD and Blue Ray sales will go towards Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide.
Pretty impressive move on the part of Universal, which only had 4 days to create a completely new -- and classy -- marketing strategy.
Paul Walker's GF
First Photos Since Paul's Death
12/4/2013 12:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's longtime girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell fell to pieces yesterday ... and friends continued to show their support for her after Paul's sudden death.
It's the first time the 23-year-old has been photographed since the tragedy -- breaking down outside Paul's home in Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
In the photos, it's clear Jasmine is still overwrought with emotion -- she was teary-eyed and seen hugging friends and family ... just 3 days after Paul and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in the horrific Porsche crash.
Paul Walker Crash
Cause Of Death Revealed
Trauma and Burn Injuries
12/4/2013 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries sustained from the Nov. 30 car crash ... this according to the L.A. County Coroner's Office.
Translation -- Paul did not die from the impact of the crash alone. He burned to death after the Porsche GT crashed into a tree and a pole and exploded into flames.
The man who was driving the Porsche GT, Roger Rodas, died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered upon impact. Burning was not listed as a factor in his death.
The coroner says toxicology results for both men will be available in 6 to 8 weeks.
The Medical Examiner says both deaths have been ruled as an accident.
Sources in the coroner's office tell us ... both men were positively ID'd by using dental records.
Walker and Rodas were killed Saturday in Santa Clarita, CA when the Porsche GT they were in veered off the road, slammed into a pole and exploded in flames. The cause of that crash is still under investigation.
Paul was 40. Rodas was 38.
Joining Forces with Gang Leaders
To Pay for Boy's Funeral
12/4/2013 12:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper The Game is raising money to pay for the funeral of a 7-year-old boy killed during a shooting in L.A. this week -- a crime that's suspected to be gang-related -- and the irony ... Game tells TMZ, he's getting financial help from the city's top gang leaders.
Game called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago, explaining he heard about Talib Pecantte's death this morning on the news and decided he wanted to do something for the victim's family ... especially since it happened so close to Christmas.
Game tells us he's already raised $7,000 to help cover the boy's funeral expenses -- but the crazy part, Game says a huge chunk of that money is coming from top-ranking L.A. gang members ... rival gangs too ... Crips, Bloods, and Latin gangs alike.
Game says he doesn't have a goal in mind ... he's just gonna keep raising money until he can't raise any more. He also says he's speaking to rival gang leaders about instituting a cease-fire ... at least during the holidays.
It's not the first time Game's got involved in charity -- the guy has a seriously incredible track record of jumping in to help families in times of tragedy ... like when that 6-year-old was shot in September ... or the house fire in Ohio.
Paul Walker Death
Porsche's Been Sued BEFORE
Over Deadly Carrera GT
12/4/2013 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker wasn't the first to allegedly experience mechanical issues inside a Porsche Carrera GT -- TMZ has learned, the car company was sued over a deadly 2005 crash involving the same vehicle ... and it paid dearly in a massive settlement.
According to the lawsuit, two men (a driver and his passenger) were killed on a California race track while driving a 2005 Carrera GT ... hitting a wall at over 100 MPH while trying to avoid another car on the track.
The family of the passenger sued practically everyone involved in the accident for gross negligence -- and won $4.5 million in a giant settlement ... $350,000 of which was paid by Porsche.
The lawsuit alleged the GT didn't handle correctly on the track -- and according to the attorney for the victim's family, Craig McClellan ... sworn testimony from several Porsche experts confirmed a major design flaw with the GT is it doesn't have a Porsche Stability Management system.
We're told the PSMS uses a computer to correct the car if the rear end loses control -- and it is now required by law.
For Porsche's part, the company denied liability -- saying the car fully met federal safety standards at the time -- but it still paid its portion of the settlement to avoid further litigation.
It's unclear if Roger Rodas' Carrera GT had been fitted with a PSMS -- but McClellan says ZERO 2005 Carrera GTs (like Roger's) came off the assembly line with the system.
PSMS or not, it's worth noting the car has been a HUGE legal pain in the ass for Porsche. So far, Paul's family hasn't filed a lawsuit.
Paul Walker's Father
'Fast & Furious' Was Just a Role...
My Son Was NO Street Racer
12/4/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker would NOT have been cool with Roger Rodas pushing the Porsche Carrerra GT to dangerous speeds the day they died ... that according to Paul's father.
Paul Walker Sr. says he's heard all the rumors about his son being into street racing -- but insists that's simply not true, because ... "He did not ever want to hurt anybody."
In the clip, Paul Sr. does admit his son loved going fast in cars, but only under specific conditions .. which he describes.
As for what went wrong Saturday afternoon? Paul's dad sounds as puzzled as the rest of us at this point.
Paul Walker Crash
Coroner Completes Autopsy
12/3/2013 2:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
2:35 P.M. PT -- The coroner tells us the autopsies on both bodies are now complete ... but we're still waiting to find out the exact cause of death. The findings could be announced later today. Story developing ...
We may soon know the exact cause of Paul Walker's death ... TMZ has learned the coroner's office will begin the autopsy shortly.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the autopsies on Walker and Roger Rodas will be completed today. We're told the coroner also hopes to make positive ID on both bodies ... which was delayed because dental records were needed.
Walker and his racing partner Rodas were killed Saturday when the Porsche Carrera GT they were driving in crashed into a pole. Witnesses on the scene say it appeared both men burned to death when the car exploded in a fireball.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.