Actor Paul Walker, 40, died Saturday afternoon in a car crash that occurred in Santa Clarita, CA, north of Los Angeles. The death has been confirmed on Walker's own Facebook page with the following message:

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

Reports say the car Walker was riding in hit either a post or a tree before bursting into flames. The driver, who has not yet been identified, was also reportedly killed.

Walker, who had appeared in some 32 films throughout his 27-year career, is most well known for starring in The Fast and the Furious franchise of films as the character Brian O'Connor opposite Dominic Torreto, played by Vin Diesel. The two can be seen together in the above image that was taken earlier this year while they were promoting the release of Fast & Furious 6. The series' seventh film is scheduled to be released in 2014, and Walker himself had previously been reported as saying the studio had already guaranteed an eighth film. Sadly, the future of the franchise without Walker involved is unknown.

Our condolences go out to Walker's family and friends, as well as those of the driver.

UPDATE: An updated story is available here, with reactions from friends and fans, plus video.


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      larshafner
      • 1 Year Ago
      the driver was a 2 times champion in the Pirelli championships and still messed it up and took a good friend with him. to all the hotheaded kids out there who think they are invincible, that should teach a lesson or 2. don`t drive like a pr1ck on the streets, the autobahn etc. go the eff to the track instead.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @larshafner
        You are so right. I see idiots bobbing in and out of traffic, swerving across 3 laness at 90mph because they seem to think the interstate is a race track or video game. Wake-up, try a track day & drive safely on the public roads!
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      The other death I believe is to be Roger Rodas. He is one of the owners of Always Evolving and a driver of one of the company pirelli world challenge race cars. He owned the Red Porsche GT. His last name wasnt given but a news story posted about the crash stated. A witness said he saw Walker and the driver leave Always Evolving Performance Motors minutes before the crash. “When we saw Paul and Roger leave, Paul was the passenger in the vehicle. They both were experienced drivers. This was just a tragic accident that happened on a joyride,”
      Szientific
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad. Way too young. RIP bro, you brought enjoyment to many lives. The car culture appreciates what you did.
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Barely tell it was a Carerra GT. Ugly scene http://www.komonews.com/news/entertainment/Publicist-Fast--Furious-star-Paul-Walker-dies-in-car-crash-233954461.html?tab=gallery&c=y&img=0
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not easy to put the power down on a public road, just ask any race car driver that had to race on a street course. I'd never fully unleash a super car, let alone a hyper-car to its fullest on a street. So sad about Paul Walker, what a guy, what a star, I met him one time back in 2004 in Birmingham, Michigan and he was an extremely nice guy. Tragic loss.
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm wondering how skilled the driver was with his Carrera GT. That car is a beautiful monster. RIP Paul Walker.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too young.May he Rest In Peace.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      R.I.P. Paul. This sucks, this truly sucks.
      leo
      • 1 Year Ago
      R.I.P. PW.
      tinted up
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will always be a fan. RIP
      Scott Singer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hadn't read all the post, however, had people commented on what a notorious tricky and difficult car the 2004 -7 Carrera GT is to corner quickly ? Track day accidents were common from gossip - and one family sued when a passenger received some brain trauma after shunting. This was Walter Rohrl's set-up, from what I recall, and very few drivers no matter age or experience can corner as well as Rohrl.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott Singer
        The car is notorious for being difficult to handle. Personally, I think any car that handles like this is incorrectly set up.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          No, it's really not like any other car. You haven't driven one, I have. The ease of how a Carrera GT snaps is astounding. I spun going 45 (maybe 50), that's when I stopped and let the owner drive the rest of the track back to the pits.
          Scott Singer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          At the posted speed limit (wet roads?) the Carrera GT is like any other car. It is true that with the steering wheel is any position other than straight a heavy application of throttle can catch you. And if all four wheels are not on the same surface/friction coefficient loss of control is more likely. The owners manual is clear about the diligence needed to keep this car under control and I do believe a high performance course was offered with the initial purchase of the car. Simply the initial price of the car is somewhat of a warning to the extreme power and speed of the car. Yet hundreds of people are able to safely use these cars and even wring out the full capabilities with no problems.
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