Fast and Furious Actor Paul Walker Dies, Chinese Reactions

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

The following is currently the #1 hottest post over the past 24 hours on China’s leading microblog platform, Sina Weibo, with over 48k reshares/forwards and 16k comments…

From Sina Weibo:

@新浪娱乐: #Fast and Furious Actor Passes Away# November 30th afternoon local time, according to American entertainment media website TMZ reports, Fast and Furious movie lead actor Paul Walker has died from a car accident in Southern California, at the age of 40. According to reports, him and a friend were test-driving a Porsche sports car. Unexpectedly, the car lost control and hit a large tree on the side of the road causing an explosion, with the two dying in the explosion.

Fire from crash involving Paul Walker in a Porsche Carrera GT.

Crashed Porsche Carrera GT where Paul Walker died.

The #Fast and Furious Actor Passes Awayx# hashtag indicates over 460k discussions at time of translation.

Comments from Sina Weibo:




A pity.


Rest in peace.


Isn’t that fatty [probably referring to Vin Diesel] the lead actor?


Too ironic. [蜡烛]


It can’t be?! My male god! [泪]


No way… I guess his real-life driving skills aren’t that good…


Handsome guy! I don’t dare believe it! [抓狂]


My heart can’t handle seeing this in the morning.


Fuck!!! The movie [series] will have to be concluded/ended…


How is 7 supposed to be filmed?


I had just saw a Facebook status from him yesterday on Facebook, so sudden/unexpected.

Vin Diesel message about Paul Walker's death.


918, right?


Fast and Dead. [衰]


[可怜][可怜][可怜] How can this be? I’ve been waiting for Furious 7!


Tell me it’s fake!


[蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛] I’ve watched every movie [in the series], such a pity.


Big news, though I’ve never seen that movie~ [蜡烛][蜡烛]


No way!!!!! Without him, how can there be Fast and Furious???!!!! [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛]


Stop posting this news, seeing it is upsetting!


My whole being isn’t doing well, I was scared to death thinking it was Dominic [Vin Diesel].


Too shocking. I only started following the Fast and Furious series this year and my impression of him was not bad. After all these years of making car racing movies, to ultimately die in a car crash, is this fate/destiny? Fast 7 isn’t finished filming yet, and with this, I wonder how they’re going to change the plot. [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛]


Who could’ve imagined that the way he would leave this world would be so similar to the way the world began to pay attention to him. Who would’ve thought The Fast and Furious would forebode tragedy. [蜡烛]

Most comments were candle emoticons symbolizing condolences and expressions of disbelief. An article on major Chinese web portal NetEase is also currently the #1 most viewed article for the day and commented article for the week on the site, with the comments expressing similar sentiments.

Below is a video of the scene of the accident that has accumulated over 1.2m views since it was uploaded yesterday, making it the #3 most viewed “information” video on leading Chinese video-sharing website Youku…

From Youku:

Scene of Paul Walker’s Car Accident Video

Paul Walker 1973-2013 R.I.P


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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