Some very tragic news is being reported. According to TMZ, actor Paul Walker, best known for his lead roles in the ‘Fast & Furious’ has passed. The site reports that he died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California. The crash happened in Santa Clarita, while the actor somehow lost control of his Porsche, slamming into a post or tree. Reportedly, the car burst into flames.
Sources indicate that Paul and another person in the car were killed. Apparently, he was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort, and had been taking friends out for rides in his new Porsche GT. The accident happened during one of those test spins. Last week, we shared photos of Paul and the ‘Fast & Furious’ crew shooting their seventh film in Atlanta. At this point, no official comment has been shared from Paul’s family or fellow actors. Paul was 40 years old and leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter.
UPDATED// 10:17 p.m. EST.
The following message was shared on the actor’s Verified Twitter and Facebook page, by his team:
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
Editor’s Note: There are conflicting reports as to whether he was riding as a passenger in his own vehicle, or in his friend’s vehicle.
‘Fast & Furious’ actors Tyrese and Ludacris have been shared Instagram messages, expressing their condolences. Tyrese 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…#HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForeverWeJustCelebreatedYour40thBirthday….. My God… My God… I can’t believe I’m writing this
Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.
Dwayne Johnson, ‘The Rock’ wrote:
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.