Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker has died, aged 40.
Walker was the passenger in a Porsche car driven by a friend, who also died, when they were involved in an accident in Los Angeles yesterday (November 31), his publicist has confirmed.
A statement on the actor’s official Facebook read: “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.”
According to the BBC, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said the crash happened in the Valencia area of North California. It said they found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to reports of a collision. The two people found in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
Walker has appeared in all but one of the Fast & Furious film series, the sixth instalment was released in May this year (2013), and the seventh is currently in production. Walker starred in the films alongside Vin Diesel.
Diesel posted this image below on instagram earlier, writing: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
Paul Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.