It has been confirmed by his publicist that “Fast and the Furious” series star Paul Walker died on Saturday afternoon in a car crash that killed one other person in Valencia, north of Los Angeles.
The 40-year-old was a passenger in a friend’s car and was attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department found a red Porsche had crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Epitomising the blond-haired, blue-eyed California surfer look, Walker broke through in the late 1990s with films like “Pleasantville,” “Varsity Blues,” “The Skulls” and “She’s All That”. He went on to star in the likes of “Joy Ride,” “Timeline,” “Into the Blue,” “Eight Below,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Takers” and the upcoming “Hours”.
However he’s most well known for his co-lead role opposite Vin Diesel in the “Fast and Furious” film series. Walker starred in all but the third film in the series.
In fact, Walker was working on “Fast & Furious 7” at the time of his death. What this means for that production is unknown at this time.
Universal Pictures released a 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.”
Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.