Fast & Furious Star Paul Walker Dead in Crash

Actor was a passenger in friend's car: Facebook message
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2013 9:52 PM CST
Fast & Furious Star Paul Walker Dead in 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, Nov. 30, 2013.   (Dan Watson)

Paul Walker, the star of the Fast & Furious movie series, died today in a car crash that killed two people north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40. A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. "We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said that deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia.

Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. People tried putting out the fire with extinguishers but couldn't, and the two passengers were trapped in the car. Walker was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, Hours, which is set for release this month. (More car crash stories.)

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