Actor Paul Walker, a star of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, died Saturday in a car accident, his publicist said.
"Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident," publicist Ame van Iden confirmed to CNN Entertainment. She said she could not elaborate beyond statements posted on Walker's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
A post on Walker's Facebook page said, "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."
Patrol deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station responded to that location around 3:30 p.m. and found a vehicle engulfed in flames. Los Angeles County firefighters arrived, extinguished the fire and found the two victims inside the vehicle, sheriff's officials said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner's office will determine the victims' cause of death. The cause of the solo-vehicle crash remains under investigation.
Paul was said to be driving back from a charity car event whose proceeds went to Philippines typhoon relief efforts. Based on his experiences making the Fast & Furious films, the actor had gotten involved in car shows and owned several vehicles, including a replica of the one that his character Brian O’Conner owned.
Paul leaves behind one daughter, Meadow, 15. The young woman reportedly moved from Hawaii to California so that she could spend more time with her dad. Filming had recently begun on Fast & Furious 7, which was to include Paul. There's no word yet on whether the film will go ahead.
What a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. You will be missed.
R.I.P Paul Walker, its really a shame that this happened
Update:Roger Rodas, has been identified as the other person who died in the car crash.