‘Fast and Furious’ Star Paul Walker Dead in Car Crash

'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker Dead in Car Crash

The 40-year-old star's Facebook account says he was a passenger in a friend's car at a Santa Clarita charity event

Paul Walker, the “Fast and Furious” actor and professional race car driver, died Saturday after a high-performance red Porsche he was riding in crashed and exploded near a charity event near Santa Clarita, his official Facebook and Twitter accounts both have confirmed. He was 40.

paul walker crash police“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 Facebook post reads. “He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #TeamPW”

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The driver of the car was identified by Santa Clarita Valley-area AM news station KHTS as Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving, Walker's high-performance motorworks company and racing team with headquarters near the crash. The station cited an employee of one of Walker's two Valencia-based companies; messages left with Always Evolving were not immediately returned Saturday night.

TMZ,  which first reported the death, said the car slammed into a post or tree and burst into flames around 3:30 p.m.

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The L.A. County Sheriff's Department issued a statement that noted: “When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.”

They updated the statement late Saturday night to note that “speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision. The car was a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.” A Santa Clarita police department officer confirmed to TheWrap that officers were investigating a “significant traffic collision” on Constellation Road at the Rye Canyon loop.

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Universal Studios, which releases the “Fast” films and is still in production on the seventh franchise installment, released the following statement:

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family.”

Walker, best known for starring as Brian O'Conner multiple times in the “Fast” franchise, was still filming “Fast and Furious 7,” which was deep into production but was set to move to the United Arab Emirates for more shooting in January.

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Walker was in Santa Clarita for a car show in support of Reach Out Worldwide, a fast-response disaster relief organization currently providingpaul walker car before crash support to victims of the Philippines typhoon. Walker, who's also a professional race car driver, houses his racing team Always Evolving, near the accident on Constellation Rd. in Valencia.

Always Evolving was hosting a heavily-publicized holiday toy drive, and its Twitter account posted pictures of several cars on display, including Porsches. The accident happened while Walker and a friend were out for a test spin.

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A photo of Walker just before the test drive was published on Twitter by “@SampahRemajaKL (see above left).

Walker got his big-screen break with the 1999 football pic “Varsity Blues,” then two years later drifted into the original “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Before that he was a child actor, first as a toddler in a Pampers commercial but later with television roles in shows such as “Highway to Heaven,” “Who's the Boss” and “Touched by an Angel.”

He is survived by his daughter Meadow, who turned 15 earlier this month.

  • Emily

    WELL IS HE DEAD OR NOT?

    • The Bat

      This is what no one can answer! If it hasn't been confirmed by now it's fake.

      • md584

        It was just confirmed on his facebook and website. Unless those were hacked…but I think it's real.

    • pbrstreetgang

      IMDB just comforted it sadly along with the NY daily news

      • nabob

        ‘comforted’ – ???

        • RapidFire58

          Probably an autocorrect thing.

  • Fab

    nah i don't believe that for a second when there is no further info.

  • Burphelson AFB

    if it's true it's a tragedy. By all reports he was a very decent guy and had the Steve McQueen vibe in spades. Loved him in Joy Ride, a seriously underrated movie. Hope he is ok, or able to recover. God Bless.

    • JoeP

      Yeah I'm sure he can recover from his death.People need to learn to read..

      • Burphelson AFB

        dear Mr. Snarkmeister – this was written when his death was unconfirmed. snark on, brudda

        • itsmefool

          Or you could just edit your original post…

          • Burphelson AFB

            that's a great suggestion – to continually update postings to remain current on every topic. I'll get right on it.

          • lakawak

            IT is why websites shouldn't do what you say. They should write a new article with a new set of comment sections when there is a major update.

  • Progressed_Now

    hopefully they'll stop making those dreadful F&F movies. they've gotten to an even worse point than Scream.

    • omegaman22

      Kill yourself

      • Progressed_Now

        I can't, I'm busy

    • RIP,Paul

      Say the nigga that still watches “wrestling”

      • Progressed_Now

        hmm I've never met a Caucasian “nigga” before. erm was this supposed to be insulting or something?

        stop having “private happy happy time” with yourself, you're killing what's left of your brain cells.

  • Clarence Bodicker

    Oh, the irony….

  • Lizerdmonk

    Very Sad and very stupid. RIP

    • omegaman22

      Yes, you're a bit of both.

      • lakawak

        You need to calm down, and stop continuing to try to suck his penis, Omega. Yes…there IS stupidity since speed played a factor in the crash.

  • Ashley Collins

    Really sad to hear about the news of his passing. My heart goes out to his young daughter. May the love of her family give her the strength she needs to move on. I really liked his films. Rest in Peace, Paul Walker

  • Lol

    This is real because who would know his Facebook password but it may not be because there is a video with the red car and his friend inside with him but who would take a video they knew something was going to happen if they took a video because the video was just like where he was standing there talking to his friend in the car! So it may be real and it may not be

  • ccsiler

    I'm So very sorry for the Families loss..I prayed for them and he was a serious good actor AND will be seriously missed..May God Bless their Family and friends for their loss..:) It's horrible ESP- around the Holidays..

  • Bre'yana and keion

    that's sad that was me and my brother's favorite actor

    • TotallyRandomName

      Yes, THAT's why it's sad.

  • Carl Patry

    A man and his friend just died and you two bitches are more worried about youre selves ..Shut the f up and show some respect .To family and friends , when I hit the nitrous button I will think of the late great Paul Walker .

    • TotallyRandomName

      Just make sure you hit that nitrous button on a track. Only an idiot drives at insane speeds on a public road. And we can see the results here.

  • FireBlade

    Into The Blue, one of my favorites
    you will be missed Mr. Walker

  • Calgarystatefarm

    Paul was a fantastic actor and will be greatly missed

  • Rot Kelfer

    just saying.

  • shannondede

    Just watched his little mentioned movie, “Running Scared” who he himself said was Dark and Shocking. In the movie he is attacked by a man with a Torch. After a fight, Paul gains control of the torch and turns it back on the man stating that “he will give him 3rd degree burns and loss his wanker. Every star who has died seems to have one or more movies that had eerily ironic similarities to their actual death. Almost as if a parallel universe had pretold their fateful deaths. Jonathan Brandis is another one who had lines that were identical to his death years before it came to pass. Many, many more. The new aged belief that we can speak or cause events into being is something to think about. Too many similarities to Paul's Death and his movie identities. Just saying………………………

  • Ashley Counts

    I was so sorry to hear about the sudden death of Paul walker. He was a wonderful actor and my heart goes out to his 15 year old daughter as well as his family.