Paul Walker may have passed away nearly two years ago, but there is still a lot of drama going on between his family, Universal Studios, and local authorities in Santa Clarita, CA—and it all has to do with his anniversary memorial!
In November 2013, Paul died in a serious a car crash in Santa Clarita, and that site has since become a destination for fans and tourists who want to show their respects and leave condolences. Unfortunately, local authorities are not pleased.
“It’s a disaster and they’re having to look at rerouting traffic in the area," a source tells OK! exclusively. Still, "the fans are crying out for a plaque or monument and local authorities want Universal to underwrite it."
While a plaque may sound like a great idea, Universal Studios, which produced the Fast & Furious franchise, made a number of tributes to Paul over the years, even donating a percentage of proceeds from the home entertainment sales of Fast & Furious 6 to his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. So it’s unlikely they would be willing to spend additional money on another tribute.
Additionally, Paul’s family isn’t even interested in having a memorial at the site where he had his final moments, because they do not “want his place of death to become some kind of studio-approved formal shrine,” says the source, as “it’s not in good taste and it’s not how they want to remember him.”
Despite the family’s sentiments about making his crash site a memorial, “the problem isn't going away and fans continue to leave tributes and illegally park at the Santa Clarita location rather than visiting Paul's gravesite at Forrest Lawn, so something has to give here, and soon,” the insider admits.
And if Universal doesn’t agree to pay for a tribute for Paul for his second anniversary, which is quickly approaching, “the city might have to foot the bill for a small memorial,” adds the source. Do you think the three parties will be able to reach an agreement concerning Paul Walker’s anniversary memorial? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.