Paul Walker’s sudden death in a car accident on November 30 was sad enough, but as more people come forward to share their memories of Paul, we’re starting to comprehend just the kind of man he was.
In a story from CBS’s Los Angeles affiliate, a former jewelry store sales associate reveals The Fast and The Furious star once bought an engagement ring for total strangers. Paul, who was unmarried at the time of his death, purchased the ring so an Iraqi War veteran could propose, says Irene King, who worked for Bailey Banks & Biddle Jewelers at the time.
Irene says the actor purchased the ring in secret from the Santa Barbara, California, jewelry store after overhearing a couple say the engagement ring they wanted was too much for them to afford. That’s when Paul decided to buy the $10,000 ring for the two, but he insisted the store keep his identity hidden after they put the ring “on his tab.”
It was only later that Irene realized who the generous stranger was. “It was such a heartwarming story,” she says. “To do something like that to a perfect stranger is just unbelievable.”
Yes, it is, but based on what the actor’s co-stars have been saying about the man they lost, that kind of selfless action was pretty standard for Paul Walker.