In truly sobering, sad, and tragic news, another star has been taken from us all too soon. This one WAY before his time. It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of Paul Walker, age 40, as the result of a fiery auto wreck in California.
TMZ broke the news. Walker was in California attending a charity car show in Santa Clarita, which is just north of Los Angeles, for the Philippines typhoon relief effort.
The actor’s Facebook page has now posted an official announcement:
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
Walker touched our genre just a couple of times: once in 2000’s The Skulls, but more notably in 2001’s Joy Ride, a film that has gone on to spawn several sequels. Though he’s made many films in his short career, he will forever be remembered for the role of Brian O’Conner in the extremely popular Fast & Furious franchise, which is currently shooting the latest chapter under the direction of James Wan (The Conjuring).
At this time we would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Walker’s many friends and family members. You’ll always be remembered, sir. Godspeed.
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