Star of all but one of the seven Fast and Furious films, he was a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who enjoyed cars, surfing and outdoor pursuits.
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On his official Twitter account, he described himself as "outdoorsman, ocean addict, adrenaline junkie," adding: "And I do some acting on the side."
Taking legend Paul Newman as his example, he also found time to help others. The actor died shortly after a charity event for his Reach Out Worldwide organisation founded to aid people affected by natural disasters.