Paul Walker, who was best known for starring as auto daredevil Brian O’Conner in “The Fast and the Furious” movies, died in a single-car accident in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Nov. 30, 2013. Walker was 40.
A spokesperson for Walker issued this statement to TMZ, which first reported the news: “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives … [Walker] was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.”
According to TMZ: “Witnesses on the scene originally said they thought the car was Paul’s … but have since confirmed it was not … The actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.”
Walker had been working on the movie “Fast & Furious 7,” which was scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada on July 11, 2014. It is unknown at this point if Walker’s death will delay the release of the film.*
He completed filming the movies “Hours” (which is set for release in theaters and on VOD on Dec. 13, 2013) and “Brick Mansions,” a crime drama whose release date is to be announced.
“Fast & Furious 7” director James Wan tweeted after the news broke about Walker’s death: “I am so beyond heartbroken right now. I can’t process anything.”
Walker, who never married, is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow (who was born from a relationship with ex-girlfriend Rebecca McBrain); his parents Cheryl and Paul Walker III; and his four siblings.
Here’s a look back at interviews that Walker did over the years for the “Fast & Furious” movies:
Interview with Paul Walker for “Fast & Furious”
Interview with Paul Walker for “Fast Five”
Interview with Paul Walker for “Fast & Furious 6” (Google Hangout)
Interview with Paul Walker for “Fast & Furious 6” (London press junket)
*Dec. 5, 2013 update: Universal Pictures has announced that production of “Fast & Furious 7” has been temporarily shut down in the wake of Walker’s death. Click here for more details.