Rest in Peace: Paul Walker

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Rest in Peace Paul WalkerIn 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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  • frank_dracman

    I’ve never seen anything that made me think he was a good actor. Didn’t really like Running Scared. Just not my type of actor. The Furious movies are good for a laugh, though.
    I’m sure he was a nice guy, someone’s lover, someone’s son. A death is a death and always bums me out a little.

    Didn’t Ryan Dunn meet his fate in a car wreck also? It’s sad that these guys died doing the things they loved. Drive safely, kids.

  • Rob

    This was a major shock. I wasn’t the biggest fan of his, but Running Scared is definitely his best movie. A crazy-ass adrenaline ride with great performances by everyone, though the stand-out scene to me was the one with Vera Farmiga and the two kidnappers. This is a horrible tragedy. RIP, Paul, and my condolences to his family and friends.

  • aliensharkboy

    Of all the celebrities… how random. :/ R.I.P. and thank you for the memories kind sir!

  • Chernobyl Kinsman

    Horrible turn of events indeed.

    Running Scared is a great film, a bit contrived at times but a great level of tension throughout and enjoyable twists and turns.

  • Jinx

    Sad news, indeed. RIP, sir.

    And Kasch is right – Running Scared is his best film, and a vastly underrated film. Walker’s performance in that film is fantastic.

    I’m looking forward to seeing his work in the upcoming film Hours, an adaptation of a pretty great short story that should’ve allowed him the opportunity to shine as a performer.

  • Sirand

    Don’t forget about Running Scared – his best movie…and one unique hybrid of a film. Completely tragic and horrible news.