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People: Paul Walker, Meadow Rain, Sam Champion, Jennifer Lopez and Erin Burnett

December 2, 2013 8:21 PM
From Web and wire reports

Paul Walker's tragic car crash on Saturday has left his "Fast & Furious" co-stars in mourning and a visibly distraught Tyrese Gibson in tears when he visited the crash scene on Sunday, People reports.

Gibson arrived with a flower in his hand and posted a photo to Instagram of himself at the scene holding a piece of the wreckage.

"I will keep your energy with me forever #AshesOfAnAngel fast family around the world we live you and we love you Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and were gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever #myhearthurtssobad," he wrote.

After learning of his death on Saturday, Gibson also posted a photo with Walker and wrote:

"My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don't understand My heart hurts it's broken no one can convince me that this is real. ... Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family... . #HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForeverWeJustCelebratedYour40thBirthday ... ."

Walker, who was 40, is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow Rain.

Walker accomplished a lot in his life -- professionally, philanthropically and personally -- and he had big plans for his future, too.

In an August 2013 interview, GQ U.K. asked the late actor, point-blank, "What do you hope to achieve before you die?" He answered candidly, expounding upon his ongoing marine research and shark tagging efforts, and also opened up about his renewed relationship with his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, E! News reports.

"I missed out on a lot when I was younger because of this game [acting]. I think people tell you you are a certain thing and so you miss out on a lot you would have otherwise experienced," he explained. "Inside I still feel certain things calling me. That's why I was doing the shark tagging recently and will be doing it again in two weeks on an island off Hawaii. I'm also going to go do the Grouper spawning."

The "Fast and the Furious" star was also looking forward to new adventures with Meadow. "It's so funny, my daughter now lives with me full time and my original plan was to work up until I was 40 then reassess my life, even go in a completely different direction with things," said Walker, who celebrated the milestone birthday on Sept. 12. "She keeps encouraging me to do all this stuff. I thought at this point in my life I would need to be home with her, but she wants me to keep acting so she can travel around the world with me. Would that be so bad?"

After seven years as a morning fixture on ABC, Sam Champion will report the weather on "Good Morning America" for the last time Wednesday.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced Monday that Champion, 52, "is leaving ABC News for a new opportunity at the Weather Channel."

Sherwood added, "For 25 years, Sam has been a vital member of the ABC News family -- joining powerhouse station WABC in 1988 and 'GMA' in 2006."

In its own announcement, the Weather Channel said of Champion, "The award-winning journalist will anchor the network's new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014. Based at the Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also assume managing editor responsibilities at the network."

Champion began his career on local TV in Kentucky, where he was born in Paducah. In September 2012 in New York, Champion married Rubem Robierb, now 36, a fine-arts photographer.

Jennifer Lopez is being honored by the March of Dimes, The Associated Press reports.

Lopez, the 44-year-old mother of 5-year-old twins, Maximilian and Emme, will receive the Grace Kelly Award at the eighth annual March of Dimes luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday. She's being recognized as a celebrity parent role model supporting women giving birth to healthy babies after full-term pregnancies.

The 75-year-old nonprofit organization aims to prevent birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

A&E networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and Dr. Balaji Govindaswami, chief of newborn medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, will also be honored.

CNN anchor Erin Burnett welcomed her first child --an 8-pound, 10-ounce boy -- with husband David Rubulotta on Friday.

The 37-year-old married Rubulotta, a managing director at Citigroup, in December.