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"Fast And Furious" Actor Paul Walker Dies At 40

By: AP/CNN/KKTV
By: AP/CNN/KKTV

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- A publicist for actor Paul Walker says the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40.

Ame Van Iden says Walker died Saturday afternoon.

A statement on Walker's Facebook page said Walker was a passenger in a friend's car, and that the crash happened while he was attending a charity event.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said the crash happened in community of Valencia. The Santa Clarita Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.

After the Los Angeles County Fire Department extinguished the blaze, two victims were found inside. Walker was a passenger in the Porsche that crashed.

Walker was working on the latest "Fast & Furious" movie at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, "Hours," a movie that is set for release this month.

Saturday evening, the actor's Twitter and Facebook accounts confirmed his death. The tweet on the actor's verified twitter page reads:

"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 "

In 2011, Walker was behind the wheel of the Official Pace Car and Grand Marshal for the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs.

The star piloted a Porsche, provided by Porsche of Colorado Springs, to open the world’s most famous hill climb and America’s second-oldest motorsport race behind the Indy 500.


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