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'Fast & Furious' Star Paul Walker Has Died in a Car Crash at Age 40

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November 30, 2013
Source: THR

Paul Walker

It is with a great sadness that we must report the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. Reps have confirmed that Walker died in a car crash in California on Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at age 40. Star of the Fast & Furious franchise, reports are saying that Walker was taking his friends out for rides in Santa Clarita in a new 2005 Porsche GT when the driver he was with lost control and hit a tree. The car then burst into flames and both occupants were killed. While many at first thought this was just another internet hoax, various PR friends have confirmed with Walker's rep directly that his death is not a hoax. It is very real, unfortunately.

Actor Paul Walker's early roles in Hollywood included appearances in Pleasantville, Varsity Blues and She's All That in the late 90s. He broke out big playing Brian O'Conner in Fast and the Furious as well as with Joy Ride, both released in 2001. Since then, he has gone on to star in four more Fast & Furious sequels, and was in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7, being directed by James Wan. We're not sure how much he had filmed of Fast & Furious 7 yet, though he did show up in a first look video. (We'll have more updates soon.) TMZ reports that Walker was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort, and went for a ride in a friend's new Porsche when the accident happened, leaving him and his friend dead.

This is extremely tragic news to report regarding an actor that was reaching/in his prime. In addition to his Fast & Furious roles, Walker was also beloved for his performance in the movie Running Scared. He also starred in Eight Below, appeared in Flags of Our Fathers, Takers, Into the Blue, Vehicle 19 and the indie Hours, directed by Eric Heisserer. According to his IMDb, he has finished filming a role in Brick Mansions, directed by Camille Delamarre, and was obviously slated to star in Fast & Furious 7, (tentatively) due out in theaters July 11, 2014 next summer. While not currently married, Walker does have a 15 year old daughter.

It's a particularly sad story and completely shocking, considering Walker was quite young and so admired. Not only was he a talented actor, but he was a nice guy too, which makes this news even harder to swallow. We'll be keeping an eye out for any major updates regarding this news, his life, and his upcoming projects.

Update: Universal, behind the Fast & Furious franchise, has released a statement: "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." In addition, Walker's official Facebook page posted a memo confirming additional details: "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."

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  • Xerxexx
    Tragic. I heard he was not drving but allowing others to drive...this is truly awful news. Condolences to both Walker and the other occupants families.
  • ikkf
    R.I.P. Paul.
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
    Wow. Unbelievable. Bless that man. Just thinking of his poor daughter Meadow.
  • OfficialJab
    How awful. He always seemed like he was a good soul.
    • Sean
      @OfficialJab:disqus I can't believe Paul Walker died :( .
  • Quynh Truong
    this is heartbreaking, a talented actor and beautiful person. R.I.P Paul
  • Charlie Hard
    Man, this is just shocking how sudden this. I had to search this many times over as soon as I heard....I just can't believe something like this would happen. I am really a huge fan of him, man this just shocking. R.I.P Paul Walker. Too soon...
  • Charlie Hard
    Yes he did also start filming for Fast and Furious 7. The first look was featured on the Fast and Furious 6 Blu-ray, it's on Youtube now.
  • Fidel Reyes
    He was attending a charity event for his organization, bless those two men and their families, may they rest in peace.
  • Carl Anthony Kibblewhite
    So sad such a loss to us all he will be missed
  • Daniel Junior Simeon
    Fast and Furious will never be the same without Walker, he was one of the main and best actor of the series.
    • Johnny LoveFive
      Him and Diesel, as well as the Rock even. Just NOT the same without O'Connor though, he was a staple.
  • biga
    This is terrible! big fan, May he rest in Peace!
  • adam lamonica
    I hope there is enough to finish FF7 so we can get one last performance
    • PimpSkyline
      any confirmation on how much they did get filmed?
      • adam lamonica
        everywhere I've read has used the term "in the middle of shooting"
      • TK
        I read he had already completed all of his scenes. No doubt this film will be dedicated to his memory. RIP
  • BostonLaw
    People don't realize how difficult it is to drive high HP cars. A friend of mine got was advised to meet with a rep at the dealer when he picked up his Maserati. They watch movies like F&F and think anyone can drive like that so imagine having this actor in your car. This is sad especially for his child and family.
    • Lagoya
      From my experience a high performance car is actually EASIER to drive than a normal car, they have better balance, better handling and more grip. I drove a Ferrari 360 around Silverstone and was surprised how easy it was to control.
      • BostonLaw
        The average driver has trouble with HP at that level. Where not talking feel....meaning the ride. You pay that much for a car and the ride is exceptional and the handling is mint. I'm talking that type of HP in your average drivers hands can be dangerous especially when ego is involved. Put you everyday driver in a Porsche like this one and it will take some getting use to
        • Lagoya
          Fair point. I think it's all about respecting the limits of the car and understanding that in real life performance cars don't handle like in the movies or in games like Need for Speed! RIP Paul.
    • deuxani
      Paul Walker didn't drive, it was Roger Rodas who was a professional race car driver.
  • Reznik
    Almost unreal.
  • josh
    He still owes us a ten second car. RIP
  • ari smulders
    this truly very sad! RIP buddy!
  • Qrious
    RIP indeed. May he be in a better place now. He'll be missed.
  • mooreworthy
    Running Scared is my favorite of his. Going to watch it again for you Mr. Walker. Too fast, too furious, too damn young.
  • DAVIDPD
    I couldn't believe it. Goodbye Paul Walker.
  • Johnny LoveFive
    His daughter is 15, born July 1998.
  • Luke Hanna
    R.I.P to the other passenger who died with Paul Walker that no one cares about because he wasn't famous
    • Xerxexx
      Walker was the passenger. Rodas was the driver.
  • Nash
    Oh, this is so shocking... Rest in peace mr. Walker. The people enjoyed your work very much...
  • wylles
    What a cruel joke played by Destiny, not cool at all, this really sucks...
  • jeryco
    On no RIP
  • Adisa Dosunmu
    OMG!!! Shocking news RIP Paul
  • Lee Seymour
    Unbelievable news considering universal wanted fast 8&9&10 now this Respect to his family. Universal if you have any heart you should delay the film. Ad someone mentioned I hope theres enough footage for his last performance. To all yhe bullshit critucs that dissed him all the years I hope they eat theyre words the amount of respects ive seen on social media is beyond words of how many fans the dude had. I always pictured him as Captain Blue if a Captain Scarlett film had been made.
  • cobrazombie
    Damn sad. I really liked him in movies. Seemed like a good guy in real life too. RIP.
  • redskulllives
  • Payne by name
    A real shame. As much as people criticised his acting talent, I always found that he had a very likeable, easy charm on the screen that made him pretty magnetic to watch.
    • avconsumer2
      Indeed. Seemed to only be improving and getting better as well.
  • Armitall
    He was the best part of the F&F series, they should just wrap it up after this.
  • Nielsen700
    Man, this really sucks. The Fast & Furious series was a big part of my childhood, and turned into an awesome guilty pleasure as I got older. Let's hope there's enough footage for him to appear as O'Connor a final time.
  • Guy who comments on things
    His was the only character worth a damn in those movies. What a terribly unfortunate, ironic departure. RIP.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Sad news.
  • Blake Sturchio
    Running Scared was awesome, really sad that he passed at such a young age and that it happened the way it did. RIP.
  • Dingo
    RIP...loved your movies
  • cabo
    RIP ... sad day, sad days ...
  • Guest
    From the pics I have seen looks like he smashed his car into a tree doing 100+. Guy FnF was movie not real life this is what happens when an actor tries to live out his movie. I feel bad for the poor sot he killed with his recklessness.
    • Mike
      You are aware that he wasn't the driver right? Why would you go out of your way to post something like this without checking the facts? Welcome to the internet folks!
    • Steven
      You'll be surprised what damage can be caused at 40 or 30 hitting a unmovable object like a tree or lamppost. Get facts before you troll, he wasn't driving.
    • War
      Get your facts straight before you post something like that...dumbass! He wasn't even driving. And before you make stupid comments like that, maybe you should try and find out what kind of person he was. Probably someone totally the opposite of you...thank god!
  • Chris Groves
    RIP Mr. Walker Joy Ride was a classic for me as a kid, and Paul Walker and Vin Diesel WERE The Fast and the Furious. Walker even came back for the 2nd when Diesel didn't. This is truly unfortunate news, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
    • cobrazombie
      Yep, he was very good in Joy Ride too.
  • Such heroic nonsense
    Poor bastard. RIP Paul
  • ali3000
    People need to get over this shit. Whether he was the driver, or his friend was. Both of them should have known better, but that's what you get with stupidity -- severe consequences. Let that be a lesson to you folks. If you crash your car doing 100+ in a 40 zone, your car can be fixed, but your sorry dumb ass won't.
    • Steven
      Do you know if they were speeding? Because hitting a tree or lamppost at 40 would do exactly the damage we see in those tragic pics.
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    Damn sad news! Most everything he was in I liked!
  • Morvidus
    "If speed one day kills me, do not cry because I was smiling." - Paul Walker
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      Did he really say that?
      • ali3000
        Unfortunately, yes.
        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
          I doubt he was smiling when it happened. :-(
    • Bl00dwerK
      As sad as his death is at least he died doing something he loves...
  • DavideCoppola
    RIP. F&F will never be the same. We'll miss you!

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