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Revisiting the Conspiracy Theory that Paul Walker Faked His Death

Revisiting the Conspiracy Theory that Paul Walker Faked His Death

Almost immediately after the announcement that Paul Walker had died, conspiracy theorists claimed that “proof” existed that the actor actually faked his death.

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Faked His Death?

Days after Walker’s death, fringe conspiracy websites began promoting the theory that Paul Walker did not die on November 30, 2013, and that he faked his death with the help of his Fast & Furious castmates. The “proof” offered? Blurry photos and open-ended questions. Further “proof” offered was amateur “analysis” of body language of those reacting to Walker’s death, who were said to be faking their tears.

This isn’t the first conspiracy relating to the death of Walker. Infowars – the website of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – postulated that Walker was killed by a drone strike. (Which begs the question: Which conspiracy do the theorists believe?)

Immediately after Walker’s death, we debunked one of the first conspiracy theories to emerge which claimed to show “new video” showing Walker stating, “It wasn’t me” in the car. That video, as it turned out, was taken months before his death and edited out of context.

License plate

Much has been made by conspiracy theorists of photos showing two different license plates at the crash scene. This, they say, “proves” that the accident was a staged hoax. Walker’s car had a plate number of 7CCY590, yet another photo exists showing a plate number of 3URS937. The second plate, however, was placed there by a fan as a memorial.


The current round of conspiracy theories doesn’t offer a reason why the actor would fake his death.

Fast & Furious 7 Publicity Stunt?

Walker was wrapping up filming of Furious 7 when he died in late 2013. Some conspiracy theorists suggested that his death was staged as a way to bring publicity to the film, and that Walker would re-appear upon the film’s release.

Furious 7 hit theaters in April 2015, and Walker never materialized as those theories suggested he would.

Family Guy

An episode of Family Guy which aired around the time of Walker’s death has also been cited by conspiracy theorists as a sign that the actor’s death was staged. The Family Guy dog named Brian was struck and killed by a car. Walker’s character in the Fast & Furious movies was also Brian. This vague coincidence has been suggested as a sign that the death was planned and staged.

A dog being ran over by a car in a cartoon is hardly “proof” that Paul Walker staged his death.

Proof of Walker’s Death

This is one of the images claimed to "prove" Walker faked his death.

This is one of the blurry images which allegedly “prove” Walker faked his death.

Aside from claims of “hard proof” consisting of blurry photos, open-ended questions, and seemingly random numerology connections, conspiracy theorists have offered no actual proof that Paul Walker faked his death. The proof that supports Walker’s death includes:

Bottom Line

Blurry photos and perceived inconsistencies of official reports used by conspiracy theorists amount to little more than a Rorschach test which is cited as “proof” that Paul Walker did not die on November 30, 2013. Citing numerology and vaguely similar cartoon plots pale in comparison to the actual evidence that Paul Walker did in fact die.

If we are to believe that Paul Walker faked his death, then we must believe that Walker, his family, his friends, the cast of Fast & Furious, firefighters, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and the coroner’s office all conspired so that an actor could fake his death. We must also believe that all of these people would knowingly cause distress to the fans of Paul Walker – for reasons unknown.

Updated April 9, 2015
Originally published December 2013

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  • arefin0991

    He got what he deserved! Life is not a movie where you can do movie stunts!

    • Randy Johnson

      He was a professional Race Car Driver His Friend Rodger Was an amateur driver. Im sure if Paul was driving it would have been a lot different.

  • Austin

    Look, I’m just saying why is there all of this questioning of his death? And Judy’s just a liar, and there’s very very little evidence why his death would be faked. The license plate was left by a fan and the government would not kill Paul. And if someone has “proof” please say it cuz I’m sick of people questioning his death.

    • Randy Johnson

      His 17 or so cars were stolen after his death. Explain how you haven’t even heard about that, an not one person has said anything about his cars gone, his personal cars, he built, gone. Paul Walker Was My idol An nothing will change that but if you ask me sounds like he was in trouble an had to get out fast.

  • Mia Sa

    Wake up ppl the accident did not happen! unless he died somewhere else….the pictures of the so called accident do not match what the surveillance camera caught! Its a shame people didn’t even question what was in front of them instead went by what they were told happened!

  • Mia Sa

    its enough to say that the accident scene does not make sense! and it has been proven the so called accident did not happen! And to make it easier on ppl all they need to do is look at the surveillance camera (Vitek–the one thats not cut up) and
    compare them to the pix that were released! hopefully they will start questioning rather than believe what they are told!

  • Reap

    The real question is: why would he fake his death if he could somehow get people in on it? I’m just looking at both sides so please everyone relax before exploding. To me, my opinion is that if he faked his death and made it look damn well realistic then he wouldn’t haft to always be followed by reporters. Maybe he wanted to be in the witness protection program, that’s a very good possibility because then no one will know except them. That’s the only viable option I could think of if faking his death could be achieved. The reasons of doing it could be an extreme number of things. I don’t know I’m just giving out my opinion so please no one get all stressed or even angry about this. I read your comments but if he did then this could be the best bet

    • Mia Sa

      theres nothing realistic about that accident! well…that is if you give it more than one look!

  • fckfaces

    Why would he fake his death? If he wanted to start a new life, he can just move and start a new life. Why fake your death?

  • Amelia

    I’m sorry I was mad

  • kelis

    The autopsy reports contradict itself throughout the report. Then authorities announced that Roger was going 160mph? Really? his tires were almost in perfect condition! His tires would have been ripped off or at least bent. I’m not a theorist, but this accident makes no sense. Yes, some of the photos of the accident look real but way too many questions are ignored and left unanswered. You can’t expect all of Paul’s fans to believe everything the media says. I’m not saying he’s alive because I really don’t think Paul would fake his death… but then the questions going through my head, makes me think otherwise. Either way, I still Idolize him:) Race in paradise, Brian O’ Connor <3

  • mathhew slaughter

    Why would someone so popular fake a death he has friends family it just doesn’t seem right. Maybe he wanted to start a new life I don’t know If he is even dead yet this is just a theory

  • death cleaner

    enough of these non-sense articles, who cares!!

  • Jessi

    Paul is gone. I have a friend that knew him – this is no hoax. He really did pass away in that car accident and it’s messed up that there are people saying otherwise. Paul’s death was very tragic and I can understand that some fans have a hard time coming to terms with it, but this is just going too far. Please let him rest peacefully.

  • re

    By the way roger rodas was his financial advisor. Their shop closed soon after accident. i read paul walker owed a lot of money. Something about this accident doesnt add up

  • re

    most popular way of faking death is by fire
    Or drowining. it could have been money or
    something else. He died under very suspicious cirumstances. Its possible he faked his death, and went to europe if he did,let him be. By the wayog

  • jahy

    i agree show some respect you guys, paul walker doesn’t deserves this please leave him in peace. it’s nearly a month already since he past away and to be honest i’m still sad knowing that he’s gone, paul walker is such a good person with a good heart, he help a lot of people in need and expect nothing in return he’s a perfect role model for all of us. again r.i.p paul walker you will never be forgotten and you will always be in our hearts. =(

    • nia

      We’re just saying the truth.

  • Dominic Ashton

    Whoever believes he faked his death are a bunch of absolute F–king morons! You’re mentally retarded and need to get your brains tested. A man has died, have some respect you bunch of absolute d–kheads!

    • Mia Sa

      i guess then you dont mind being played for a fool….good for you!

  • waffles

    The nearly inaudible video provides little context for his statements. Showing statements of, “He had 20 minutes to do so” and they were gone “5 to 6 minutes” could be references to different time frames. Or he could have been speaking with updated information later. This is proof of a hoax?

    Regarding dental records, if it does happen often, please cite some examples of faked dental records by celebrities, which were confirmed by the coroner’s office.

    Let’s not forget the interviews with family and friends. They are all “in” on this, too?

    • Mia Sa

      you know whats proof is having 2 different scenes of the so called accident…if you took more than one look at the scene…just maybe youd get it!

  • judy

    From Atlanta, GA where Paul Walker was filming F&F7. I will soon have forthcoming vital information regarding the truth of Paul Walker’s alleged accident. Ensuring my safety beforehand. Look for soon to come information that will shock a nation.

    • jahy

      it’s all over the news already. it’s no hoax and faking his death is false. what can you say about it huh judy? what are you saying about something explosive information/vital that will shock a nation? why don’t you tell it now, why do you keep us waiting. no offense but if your having a hard time accepting paul walker’s death why don’t you look for help. go to a psychiatrist and talk to them. like you i’m still on a stage of moving forward to be honest he’s death is totally unacceptable but we need to trust GOD and have faith in him why he take paul walker from us. it’s so painful knowing that he’s gone and i guess it will take time for me to heal this brokenheart. again rest now angel you will always be in our hearts. =(

      • Mia Sa

        Then God help you if you believe everything that you are told from a TV!!

    • Lucy

      So Judy are you saying that Paul’s death was NOT an accident?? or are you saying that he’s not dead??

      • Mia Sa

        They say he ‘died’ in the ‘accident’ if thats the case….the accident did not happen! unless he died somewhere else….the pictures of the so called accident do not match what the surveillance camera caught! Its a shame people didn’t even question what was in front of them instead went by what they were told happened!

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