Actor Paul Walker died on Nov. 30 in a car crash in California. Reports of an accident that claimed the life of the actor were immediately deemed a hoax by a couple of media outlets but soon after, TMZ confirmed the devastating news. According to the site, Walker was riding in a Porsche when the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree.
Walker and the driver of the car were killed when the car exploded and burst into flames. Since Walker starred in films involving fast cars (the “Fast and Furious” movies), people immediately thought that his death was “too ironic” to be true.
Sadly, news that Paul Walker died wasn’t a hoax. It was confirmed by his rep shortly after TMZ reported the original story. “A rep for the actor confirms Paul died today in the crash after leaving a charity event,” TMZ reported. The actor, who starred in movies such as “Varsity Blues,” “Joy Ride,” and “Fast Five” was only 40-years-old. He spent a lot of his spare time doing charity work.
According to Life & Style, Walker teamed up with REACH OUT Worldwide to help earthquake victims in Chile and Haiti. The charity event that he was on his way home from today was for Philippines typhoon relief.
Paul Walker’s death has been confirmed on his Facebook page as well:
“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”
Paul Walker is survived by one child, a daughter, Meadow, 15.
© Effie Orfanides 2013