Paul Walker Dies in Car Accident at Age 40
The actor was shooting "Fast & Furious 7" for Universal and also was starring in the upcoming "Brick Mansions."
Paul Walker, best known for his role in the hit Fast and the Furious movies, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident in Valencia, Calif. He was 40.
TMZ was the first to report the news of his death. The L.A. County Coroner's Office told The Hollywood Reporter that two unidentified males were involved in a fatal accident on Saturday but could not confirm that one of them was Walker. She had yet to make it to the scene.
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The L.A. County Sheriff's Department tweeted that the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 clock of Rye Canyon Loop.
According to TMZ, Walker was in his new Porsche GT when the single-car accident happened. The car reportedly burst into flames. It's unclear who was driving.
Walker was reportedly in the area, just north of Los Angeles, for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.
Walker was shooting his role as Brian O'Conner in Universal's Fast & Furious 7 for director James Wan. The movie had recently begun filming in Atlanta and was set to move to Abu Dhabi in January. The seventh film in the blockbuster action franchise has been slotted to hit theaters July 11, 2014.
He also was starring in the upcoming Brick Mansions, which is in postproduction. The film, from EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, is an English-language remake of the French action movie District B13.
His Hurricane Katrina drama Hours is due out in theaters Dec. 13.
Walker's other credits include Flags of Our Fathers, Eight Below and Into the Blue.
Walkers official's Facebook fan page posted a statement just after 7 p.m. Saturday:
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. 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