Rest In Peace: Paul Walker (1973-2013)

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According to TMZ and Deadline, movie star Paul Walker passed away this afternoon following a single car accident in Southern California. He was 40 years old.

Walker, who rose to prominence with a standout role in Pleasantville before becoming Vin Diesel’s counterpart in the Fast And Furious franchise, was in Santa Clarita this afternoon when the driver of his porsche lost control and struck a tree. The car burst into flames, killing both Walker and an as-of-yet unidentified passenger. The cause of the accident and whether or not Walker was driving has yet to be revealed.

The seventh entry in the Fast And Furious series is currently in production with The Conjuring director James Wan at the helm. It is not yet known how this accident will impact the film, but we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Walker’s representatives have released a statement on the actor’s Twitter account.

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. – #TeamPW

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