We are sad to report that Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast And Furious films has died at the age of 40 after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California.
The accident happened in Santa Clarita — north of Los Angeles — and according to multiple sources connected to Paul … the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.
Several of our sources — some who are still at the scene of the accident — tell us Paul and another person in the car were killed. Law enforcement is still on the scene, and we’re told the L.A. County Coroner’s Office is on the way.
It is unclear what caused the accident at this point. Paul was just 40 years old.
According to the site, Paul 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 and the accident happened during one of those test spins.
A video has just been released that shows a witness who drove by the scene where Paul and Roger crashed. Smoke can be seen coming from the car as it is engulfed in flames.
While there were rumors that Paul’s death was actually an internet hoax, TMZ confirmed with a rep:
Just confirmed with his rep … it’s def not a hoax.
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) December 1, 2013
CBS LA has reported on the tragic accident.
Two people were killed Saturday in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita.
Authorities said the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia.
When authorities arrived on the scene the victims were labeled “unidentified, however Paul Walker’s camp has confirmed his death via a statement…
Universal Pictures, the studio behind the Fast And The Furious franchise, also released a statement…
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s department has issued an update saying that “speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision” and listing the car involved as a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The CEO of Paul Walker’s Always Evolving, Rogers Rodas was the driver of the vehicle and also lost his life in the crash. He uploaded a picture (seen above) of the car to Instagram just hours before the fatal crash.
The last known footage of Paul Walker has been released. He was chatting it up with a paparazzi while at the airport. He talks about doing more Fast & Furious movies and more.
Paul had just finished shooting Brick Mansions which is a remake of a French action film which Relativity will release on November 27, 2014. While shooting the film he became very close with Relativity president Tucker Tooley who released the following statement.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Paul Walker. Paul was an incredibly talented artist, devoted philanthropist and friend. Our hearts go out to his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan is devastated by the news of Paul Walker’s death. He tweeted:
I am so beyond heartbroken right now. I can’t process anything.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) December 1, 2013
The movie had just started filming in Atlanta, Georgia and was set to move to Abu Dhabi in January. The actors were on break for Thanksgiving. THR reports the seventh film in the blockbuster action franchise has been slotted to hit theaters July 11.
This is a photo of Paul Walker at the charity toy drive taken by Nathan Leon from Autocon Events.
Instagram user dtmleland posted this photo of Paul at the event, which was taken just 30 minutes before the crash.
He captioned the photo:
Today was a devastating day… Finally got to meet Paul Walker and talk to him for about half an hour about the our love for cars and motorsports. Rest in paradise Paul Walker…. #teamPW
Our prayers and condolences go out the family of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.
SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Splash/Instagram/Getty