'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker killed in car wreck

Actor, 40, was a passenger in car driven by friend, who also died.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 30, 2013
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Paul Walker, the 40-year-old actor noted for "Fast & Furious" series of movies, was killed in a car accident Saturday afternoon.

Various news agencies were reporting the actor's death, and social media sites exploded with reactions to his death.

Here is a post from Walker's Facebook page: "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."

The organization was holding an event in Southern California to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

At 3:30 p.m. (PST) Saturday, Walker and a companion were driving in Valencia, Santa Clarita, Calif., when the red Porsche they were in swung out of control and crashed into a light pole and tree. The car immediately exploded and burst into flames. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department declared two deceased at the scene.

He became well known in 1999 after his role in the hit film "Varsity Blues." However, he is perhaps best known for starring as Brian O'Conner in "The Fast and the Furious" film series. His other films include "Eight Below," "Into the Blue," "She's All That" and "Takers." He also appeared on the National Geographic Channel series "Expedition Great White."

Walker lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his dogs. Survivors include his 15-year-old daughter named Meadow, the daughter of a former girlfriend.

Walker enjoyed surfing, marine biology and cars. He had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death. He also owned a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II, that was featured in "2 Fast 2 Furious," driven by his character Brian O'Conner. He had customized the car himself for the movie, and also performed many stunts in the movie himself.