• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

‘Fast and the Furious’ actor Paul Walker dies in fiery car crash

Tragic accident: Representatives for actor Paul Walker have confirmed that the star died in a car accident this afternoon
Tragic accident: Representatives for actor Paul Walker have confirmed that the star died in a car accident this afternoon Tragic accident: Representatives for actor Paul Walker have confirmed that the star died in a car accident Saturday afternoon

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died in a car crash this afternoon when his friend lost control of a Porsche GT and collided with a telegraph pole. 

The star's representatives and official Facebook page confirmed his death this evening.
 
Walker, 40, was a passenger in the high-powered super-car when it spun out of control in Santa Clarita at 3:30pm today.

The actor was giving rides in his new Porche when the accident occurred. The LA County Sheriff's department has confirmed that two people died in a collision at 3:30pm today, but no names have yet been released.

However, representatives for the actor have confirmed that Paul Walker was one of the two men who died this afternoon.

'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,' reads a Facebook update on Walker's official page.

'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.'

Walker was reportedly an investor in the Always Evolving auto shop in Valencia, California and was in the area for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

Witnesses at the crash scene posted video of the site on YouTube, showing debris from the crash and emergency workers cordoning off the area.

The actor was best known for playing Brian O'Conner, the rev-head in the high-grossing films in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Horror crash: First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, November 30, killing actor Paul Walker

Horror crash: First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, November 30, killing actor Paul Walker

Crash site: Sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of the Porsche sports car that crashed into a pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday

Crash site: Sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of the Porsche sports car that crashed into a pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday

Walker rose to fame after playing Lance Harbor in the 1999 film Varsity Blues.

He is best-known for his starring role as Brian Conner alongside Vin Diesel in the hugely popular Fast & Furious franchise, but his career began when he was just two. 

Walker, the son of a fashion model mother and a sewer contractor father, began modeling as an infant, and starred in a Pampers commercial as a toddler.

He was born in Glendale, California and raised in the San Fernando Valley area along with his four siblings.

Throughout the 1980s, Walker had roles in TV shows including Who's the Boss and The Young and the Reckless before he branched out into films.

His break-out role came in 2001 when he starred in The Fast and The Furious opposite Vin Diesel. The motoring enthusiast performed many of his own stunts in the Fast & Furious films.

Other roles include Brokedown PalaceShe's All ThatFlags of Our Fathers  and the Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, which is set to be released in December.>

Walker is the father of a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, whose mother had recently moved to California from Hawaii so the two could be closer.


-- Courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk