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The protests in Thailand are being covered internationally, but, for a time yesterday, most attention was focused on the death of "Fast and Furious" movie star Paul Walker. 

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Fans pay their respects at the site of the car accident in which actor Paul Walker was killed in Santa Clarita, California, on December 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK

Fast and Furious actor dies

Paul Walker, rest is peace. AFP photo

The protests in Thailand are being covered internationally, but, for a time yesterday, most attention was focused on the death of "Fast and Furious" movie star Paul Walker.

Walker was killed when the red Porsche sports car he was traveling in slammed into a tree and caught fire around 3:30 pm (2330 GMT) on Saturday in the town of Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles county, local media reported.

Witnesses recognised Walker and one onlooker even tried to pull him from the wreckage, the local Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper reported.

Walker was taking a Thanksgiving break from filming the seventh "Fast and Furious" movie, which had been scheduled for release in July.

The crew had filmed in Atlanta and were set to travel to Abu Dhabi in January, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Walker had been at an event to raise (money)moneyfor victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines for Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), a non-profit disaster relief group the actor founded. ROWW has sent teams of experts to help in natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and tornado-stricken towns in the United States.

"It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide," the late actor's publicists wrote on his Facebook account on Saturday.

"Brother I will miss you very much," wrote Fast and Furious co-star Diesel on his Instagram account. "I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

Another "Fast and Furious" co-star, Ludacris, wrote on Twitter: "Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever."

Adapted from an AFP story.

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Vocabulary:

absolutely: completely - โดยสิ้นเชิง, อย่างแน่นอน, อย่างแท้จริง

attention: interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc - ความสนใจ

charity: involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support - การกุศล

crew: a group of people who work together to do a job - กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน

disaster: an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage - ภัยพิบัติ ความหายนะ

earthquake: a sudden shaking movement of the ground - แผ่นดินไหว

expert: someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ

focus: to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another - เพ่งความสนใจ

found: to start an organization, company, political party etc - สร้าง, ก่อตั้ง, สถาปนา

furious: done with a lot of energy and determination - เต็มที่

humble: showing you do not think that you are as important as other people - ต่ำต้อย,อ่อนน้อมถ่อมตน

late: dead - ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว

legacy: something that someone has achieved that continues to exists after they stop working or die - สิ่งที่สืบทอด

local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ

non-profit: without the aim of making a profit (earning money for a company, yourself) - ซึ่งไม่มุ่งหวังผลกำไร

onlooker: people who watch something that is happening in a public place but are not involved in it ผู้ดูเหตุการณ์ - ผู้ดูเหตุการณ์

passed away: died - จากไป (ตาย),เสียชีวิต

protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง

publicist: a person whose job is to make something known to the public, for example a new product, singer, actor, etc - นักประชาสัมพันธ์

raise (money): to collect money for something -

recognise: to know who a person is - จำได้ รู้จัก

release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย

relief: help; assistance - การช่วยให้พ้นภัย

respect: a feeling of admiration that you have for someone/something because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way - ความเคารพ, ความนับถือ

schedule: to arrange for something to happen at a particular time - ทำตารางเวลา, ทำกำหนดการ, กำหนดรายการ

set to: ready to do something - พร้อม

slammed into: hit with great force - ชนเข้าอย่างแรง

stricken: affected by serious problems such as injury or illnes - ได้รับผลกระทบจากปัญหาหนักหน่วง

tornado: a violent storm with very strong winds which move in a circle. There is often also a long cloud which is narrower at the bottom than the top - พายุทอร์นาโด, พายุหมุน

tragic: causing or involving great sadness, because someone suffers or dies - น่าสลดใจ

typhoon: a tropical storm with strong winds that move in circles - พายุไต้ฝุ่น

victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

witness: a person who sees something happen or knows about something - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน

wreckage: the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged - ซากตึกบ้านเรือนที่ถูกทำลาย

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