‘Fast and Furious’ Star Paul Walker Dead at 40

Actor one of two victims of fiery single-car crash; Universal 'heartbroken' over loss

Paul Walker, star of Universal Pictures’ “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, died Saturday after the Porsche he was riding in struck a light pole in Santa Clarita, Calif., Variety has confirmed. He was 40.

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the studio said in a statement issued Saturday night. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”

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Walker was the passenger in a car driven by a friend, financial advisor Roger Rodas, following an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide. Walker has business connections to Rodas’ Always Evolving Performance Motors, which is located near the crash site.

Authorities said they responded to the crash at about 3:30 p.m. PT in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, and found the car engulfed in flames. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said that the speed of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was a factor in the crash.

PHOTOS: Paul Walker’s Hollywood Career 

A friend, Antonio Holmes, told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal that several people had tried to rescue the victims. “We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and immediately went to the vehicle. … Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried. We went through fire extinguishers,” he told the paper.

Walker was scheduled to star in “Brick Mansions” for Relativity. The studio released a statement late Saturday that read: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Paul Walker. Paul was an incredibly talented artist, devoted philanthropist and friend.”

“Brick Mansions” producer EuropaCorp said in a statement, “All of us at EuropaCorp are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of Paul Walker. We recently completed the filming of Brick Mansions with him and today, those who were lucky enough to work with him are heartbroken. He was a fantastic actor on this project as well as a wonderful team member.”

Walker appeared as LAPD detective and later FBI officer Brian O’Conner in all but one of the successful “Fast and the Furious” movies. His other credits include “Varsity Blues,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Running Scared” and “Takers.”

Walker was a highly sought-after leading man in action and indie dramas. Among his upcoming features awaiting release are Relativity Media’s “Brick Mansions” and “Vehicle 19.” “Hours,” a drama set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is due out Dec. 13 from Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films.

PHOTOS: Paul Walker’s Hollywood Career: A Timeline

A native of Glendale, Calif., Walker got his start as a youth in commercials and TV series ranging from “Charles in Charge” to “Who’s the Boss” to “The Young and the Restless.” He was a protege of famed talent agent Ed Limato, and began to make his mark in features in the late 1990s with roles in 1998’s “Pleasantville” and 1999’s “Varsity Blues” before breaking out with the first “Fast and the Furious” pic in 2001.

Most recently, Walker was in production on the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The street racing franchise is Universal’s most valuable active pic franchise. Walker’s death will undoubtedly leave a significant void in the pic now in production and subsequent installments.

Among his survivors are a teenage daughter, Meadow.

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  1. :'( you will never be forgotten..:-*

  2. lakmal says:

    Wonder full actor who holds respect with out blooody commercial advertistmet.

  3. Dobromir says:

    Бог да прости Пол!

  4. Tabitha Bloodhart says:

    Hello my name is Tabitha Bloodhart I am from ashland ohio, I live in Greenwich ohio 44837 I wanted so much to say i am so sorry my prayers go out to the family friends. and his daughter, He was just a favorite of mine my self no a little bit what you are going through i heard the dad today on tv and i just want to give a hug. he is different he looked like he love everyone not one those that just in to those in to them self. i am slow try to write good single mom well my son not with me write now either and i guess i i wanted to no you are in my mind i cant stop crying wow he always mad my boys smile him and van his buddy and i dont no how to tell my son which he watch him i though i was going through a rough time no london i am will be thinking of you all every day god bless your family and daughter, i just want to make a point things like this is what life is all about my best friend greg collin said you never no whats going to happen that why i kiss my son on the 18 and then foster and my family has him over cause mom has problems so my love and prayer go out to you all i feel so bad god bless sincelery Miss Tabitha bloodhart i wish i could do better he will be big time missed. The actor i couldnt waite to watch and little one london and Tannor and zack they and i will miss him. here worring about were am i going to live and christmas this is is a awake up for me god bless to pauls family hugs.

  5. T. J. McLean says:

    My condolences and prayer go out to the family, friends & millions other who Paul was taken from before his time. As great of an actor as he was, the world has lost both a great man and more importantly a great son, father & inspirational role model. The most meaningless concern that anyone should have right now is what will become of the Fast & Furious franchise. We should all instead celebrate his life, accomplishments and offer whatever we possibly can to his family and friends. Just as Paul inspired and made everyone he came in contact with better people, I am sure that these qualities will continue as he begins a new chapter up in heaven. REST IN PEACE my brother, you will be greatly missed.

  6. HAROLD SEJOE says:

    rest in peace Paul Walker aka Brian O’Conner u where a car euthasist man!!
    you are loss to a universe.. :”'(

  7. Tammy says:

    Drive in Heaven Paul with the Angels! R.I.P. U will b deeply missed!!!

  8. Stephen Bellew says:

    Sorry to here about Paul walker very good guy will be missed RIP lad

  9. Jasmine says:

    he was called fast and farious but who thought that these adjectives were going to make him drive faster to reach somewhere under the ground…
    and who thought that he would die this much young but he would be safe in our hearts and we will always love him…

  10. Anita bowring says:

    Wow, I can’t believe this sad news!! To all Paul’s friends and family I am praying for peace at this very sad time.. I am one of his biggest fans, he will be greatly missed by all his fans!!!

  11. Paul;s mission on earth is completed. He is now with His creator enjoying His warmth embrace. Thank you for your help to the least of your brothers especially your brown brothers, the Filipinos.

  12. Prince umer says:

    So sad for all the people because he was the very good actor and i like it.

  13. nilby says:

    Sorry to see an ideal go but never will be forgotten. Peace in a nice place where everyone belongs with love and happiness.

  14. Jenny vine says:

    I will miss Paul walker

  15. Asim Imperial says:

    Fast Bro, i’ll miss u very much
    I am absolutely speechless
    Rest in peace…….

  16. prins says:

    Paul waker leave in peace we will missing you

  17. Bruce says:

    Such a shame .. He will be missed by all.. RIP Paul..

  18. Megan says:

    even though he’s gone he will always be in my heart. i love you Paul.

  19. jackie says:

    Sad news, Great actor and friend to all that knew him, his kind acts of giving to charity proves he was
    a great person all together RIP Young Man, Our prayers go out to you that you did not suffer and your family that will miss you always RIP

  20. cristal boss says:

    Its going to be weird not seeing him in the new movie im a big fan of his. Rip

  21. Ade says:

    We lost a great actor, we lost our favourite movie franchise. He will be missed R.I.P. http://www.liveforgo­ssip.com/paul-walker­-died-will-missed/

  22. elias says:

    It was the best :( :( :(

  23. Cate Qty bell says:

    Rest in peace John walker

  24. Carol Sawyer says:

    I am soo sorry to hear this. I have seen all the movies so far of fast and furious. He was a great actor, my prayers go out to the family!

  25. Sandy Turner says:

    Into the blue Paul, remembering you. “We got the boat”. Sandy and Danny. UK xx

  26. occultology says:

    More proof that ‘only the good die young’.

  27. Denise Fittipaldi says:

    West Virginia friends from Petersburg W.Va send condolences to his family and friends

  28. brenda says:

    RIP#PAUL WALKER

  29. arina nembang says:

    R.I.P #PAUL WALKER.

  30. aaliyaha archer says:

    it is really heartbreaking to see a star with more life than ever fall and RIP Paul Walker and to his daughter i can’t begin to imagine how she feels so my heart goes out to Paul Walker and his family and friends

  31. J.R.Wilson says:

    R.I.P.Paul was an inspiration and a great roll model to us all.We will morn his death for a very long time.God Bless him, he will be missed.

  32. Isabel Salha says:

    How sad is to hear such tragic loss of a good actor, my condolences to his beloved family. Our prayers are with you.

  33. Steve p says:

    Felt like I knew him through his movies. What a shame. He will be missed.

  34. Renee says:

    You will truly be missed

  35. Brianna says:

    I’m sure it will be released soon. ;-( so tragic.

  36. christopher heuser says:

    sad to hear about paul walker he was great in the fast and furious films a really good actor.He will be greatly missed

  37. Brianna says:

    Why do the best people have to be taken?
    Paul, just finished visiting a charity event unlike so many famous stars nowadays who would rather talk about themselves 24/7. Im so speechless right now, my heart is broken for his family, friends, co-workers and many fellow fans such as myself. The world lost another beautiful Angel :-( Rest in sweetest Peace Paul, you are forever loved and forever missed. <3.

  38. nancy says:

    We are all going to remember him,We are going to miss a great acter,and also so talented, with he;s ways with girls in the movies, such a great looking guy. There is no more fast and they furies move, because is never going to be the same with out him,We all love you Rest in Peace and prayers goes out to your family. I know you are in a better place call heaven,

    • Isabel Salha says:

      I know you’re sad like everybody else and is true that the Fast and the Furious will not be the same but life goes on and so does the movie I’m sure they are going to find a great way to remember him in the the next movie he really deserves it.

  39. Jenny Makhokolo says:

    South Africa too feels the LOSS.Our heart felt condolences to family, , friends and Fans.

    R.I.P

  40. Latoya says:

    You would be miss safe journey home Paul

  41. Gavin Burke says:

    can’t believe Paul Walker is dead

  42. favour says:

    Wow…great loss ; I must say……RIP Paul…..May Our Lord Give u eternal rest..AMEN

  43. Adang says:

    I’m one of his enormous fans. I think if he drove the car not his friend he won’t be killed. What fast and furious will be if there’s no Paul Walker?

  44. Laura says:

    Truly tragic, so so sad. Condolences to his family and friends. He was awesome, and will most definitely be missed. RIP Paul you are drifting with the angels now.

  45. xavier peters says:

    i saw paul walker the first time on tv in the movie ”varsity blues” and i’ve been a fan ever since.my heart goes out to every person touched by the great artistry this man has shown to the world.R.I.P paul walker.

  46. Sunny says:

    So Sad :( :( His soul rest in peace. God give him all the glory in heaven which he missed here on earth : (

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