Conspiracy theorists claim that "proof" has materialized that actor Paul Walker faked his death.
Fringe conspiracy websites are promoting the theory that Paul Walker did not die on November 30, 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 is amateur “analysis” of body language of those reacting to Walker’s death, who are 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.
Much has been made of photos showing two different license plates at the crash scene, “proving” 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.
Aside from claims of “hard proof” consisting of blurry photos with open-ended questions, conspiracy theorists have offered no actual proof that Paul Walker faked his death. The proof that supports Walker’s death includes:
- An official death certificate for the actor, released by the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
- The coroner’s office announcement that Walker’s body was positively identified using dental records.
- Liveleak‘s releasing of photos of the bodies in the crash. (Graphic)
- Walker’s family and friends holding a funeral for the actor after his body was cremated.
The blurry photos 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.
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.