“Fast and Furious” Paul Walker Dies At 40

Actor Paul Walker of “Fast & Furious” fame has died in a tragic car accident on his way to a charity event in southern California on Saturday.

“Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident,” publicist Ame van Iden told CNN Entertainment.

A post on Walker’s Facebook page said, “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.”

The charity website has indicated that the event was taking place to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

40-year-old Walker was one of the stalwarts along with Vin Diesel in the “Fast & Furious” movie series, famous for its racing stunts and attractive cast.

A seventh film in the series is scheduled for release in 2014.

A fan, Qasim Afzal said: “In his movies, Walker survived near impossible car stunts, but his death in real life came in a car, which incidentally, he was not driving. Tragic.”

Paul Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel has posted a heart-felt message on Instagram beneath a photo of the two of them.

It reads: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”

Walker also is the star of “Hours,” an independent film scheduled to be released December 13 about a father struggling to keep his newborn infant alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Twitter and other social media exploded with reactions to Walker’s sudden death.

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“Completely numb and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Paul Walker,” wrote one posted “Wow.”

“No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No,” tweeted Alyssa Milano. “Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP.”

Benjamin Wallfisch, an Emmy-nominated composer who has worked on films including Atonement and V For Vendetta, wrote on Twitter: “Such incredibly sad news. Paul Walker was a truly wonderful, generous and deeply talented man. My thoughts are with his family.”



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