‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker dies in California car crash

U.S. actor Paul Walker presents a creation from Colcci's 2013/2014 summer collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week March 21, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Filipe Carvalho
Paul Walker was the star of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Credit: Reuters

Actor Paul Walker, best known for his roles in the “Fast and the Furious” action movies, died on Saturday in a car crash in Southern California, his publicist said.

Walker, 40, who was in five of the six films about illegal street racing and heists, died as a passenger in a friend’s car while attending a charity event, according to a message linked to his Twitter account.

“Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident,” Ame Van Iden, Walker’s publicist, said in an email.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that there had been a car accident involving two fatalities in Valencia, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, about 6:30 p.m. EST.

When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle engulfed in flames. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.

The office did not provide the identities of the dead, and said the cause was under investigation.

In the “Fast and Furious” pictures, the blond-haired, blue-eyed actor played Brian O’Conner, a law enforcement official. The first movie was released in 2001, and a seventh was in development at the time of his death, Universal, the studio behind the franchise, said in a statement.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, Calif., in 1973 and began acting at a very young age, appearing in many commercials.

He played Professor Bennet in the 1987 movie “Monster in the Closet” and starred in the television series “Throb,” according to IMDb.

Walker also made guest appearances on television shows, including “Charles in Charge” and “Who’s the Boss?” and had a role in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”

According to IMDb, Walker has a daughter named Meadow.

Universal conveyed its condolences to Walker’s family, saying, “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.”


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