Paul Walker, who rose to fame as star of the street racing franchise “Fast & Furious,” died Saturday in a car crash in Valencia in Southern California, confirmed his representatives. He was 40 years old. Paul Walker was a passenger in a friend’s red Porsche when the Porsche crashed just 300 yards from the office park where Paul Walker’s charity event was taking place, reported the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 30, 2013.
The car crash that took Paul Walker’s life occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.
When deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived at the scene of the car crash, they found the Porsche engulfed in flames. The driver and the passenger in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
TMZ reported that Paul Walker was a passenger in the Porsche “when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.”
According to Sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt, the cause of the collision is still under investigation.
The charity event that Paul Walker attended was an event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The event was organized by Paul Walker’s organization, Reach Out Worldwide. He had formed the organization in 2010 as a quick response first-aid organization.
Paul Walker’s charity organization, Reach Out Worldwide, posted the following words on its Facebook page:
“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 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.”
At the time of his death, Paul Walker, who also starred in “Pleasantville” and “Varsity Blues,” was working on the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Representatives with Universal Pictures have confirmed Paul Walker’s identity and released a statement in regard to his tragic death:
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
On his verified Twitter account, Paul Walker described himself as “outdoorsman, ocean addict, adrenaline junkie … and I do some acting on the side.”
Walker was born in Glendale in California on Sept. 12, 1973, and was raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County. After high school, he attended several community colleges and majored in marine biology. Paul Walker began his acting career as a toddler in a television commercial for Pampers. Before rising to fame as “Fast and Furious” actor, Paul Walker had acting roles in television shows like “Who’s the Boss?,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Highway to Heaven,” and “Touched by an Angel.”