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.
“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.”