Actor Paul Walker, star of the ‘Fast & Furious’ film series, died Saturday afternoon in a car wreck in Santa Clarita, Calif. He was 40 years old.
Walker was the only passenger in a friend’s red Porsche GT that spun out of control and hit a tree around 3:30 p.m., authorities and eyewitnesses claimed the car burst into flames shortly after.
Walker and his friend were leaving a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide, which was a benefit for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Walker’s publicist, Ame van Iden, confirmed his death Saturday evening. She could not discuss details surrounding the death in greater detail than what was posted on Walker’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash.
“Authorities arrived to the scene to find the vehicle on fire,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Allen.
Witnesses to the crash attempted to rescue Walker and his friend. Antonio Holmes, a friend of Walker’s, was among the group of people who showed up to the crash site with fire extinguishers at hand.
“It was engulfed in flames,” said Holmes. “There was nothing. They were trapped.”
Once the fire was extinguished, Walker and his friend were pronounced dead at the scene.
He is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.
Immediately following the news of Walker’s death, fans took to social media sites in an outpouring of disbelief and grief.
The actor’s death really effected hardcore ‘Fast & Furious’ fans.
“He was an idol growing up. It is both shattering to my heart and to pop culture to learn of his death. I’ve never been so sad to hear of an actor’s death,” wrote Twitter user Courtney Crader.
Hollywood celebrities also paid their respects to Walker. Will Smith, Jack Osbourne and ‘Fast & Furious’ director Justin Lin were among some of the many who took to social media upon hearing of Walker’s death.
Fast & Furious costar Vin Diesel took to Instagram to post a photo of himself and Walker. Underneath the picture, Diesel wrote, “Brother, I will miss you very much. Heaven has gained a new angel.”
Walker was wrapping up the seventh installment of the ‘Fast & Furious’ film series upon the time of his death. The film is due out next year.
Perhaps the most foreshadowing of all is a famous quote made by the late actor.
“If one day speed kills me, don’t cry because I was smiling.”