By Jueseppi B.
From Hollywood Reporter:
UPDATED: The actor was shooting “Fast & Furious 7″ for Universal and also was starring in the upcoming “Brick Mansions” and “Hours.”
Paul Walker, best known for his role in the hit Fast and the Furious movies, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident in Valencia, Calif. He was 40.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 clock of Rye Canyon Loop.
TMZ was the first to report the news of his death. The L.A. County Coroner’s Office told The Hollywood Reporter that two unidentified males were involved in a fatal accident on Saturday but could not confirm that one of them was Walker. She had yet to make it to the scene.
According to TMZ, Walker was in his new Porsche GT when the single-car accident happened. The car reportedly burst into flames. It’s unclear who was driving.
Walker was reportedly in the area, just north of Los Angeles, for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.
Walker was shooting his role as Brian O’Conner in Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 for director James Wan. The movie had recently begun filming in Atlanta and was set to move to Abu Dhabi in January. The seventh film in the blockbuster action franchise has been slotted to hit theaters July 11, 2014.
He also was starring in the upcoming BrickMansions, which is in postproduction. The film, from EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, is an English-language remake of the French action movieDistrict B13.
His Hurricane Katrina drama Hours is due out in theaters Dec. 13.
Walker’s other credits include Flags of Our Fathers, Eight Below and Into the Blue.
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From By Joel Landau / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The star of “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise and a passenger died after his vehicle crashed into a tree his agent confirmed to the Daily News.
Paul Walker, 40, reportedly died in a car accident in California on Saturday afternoon. Here, Walker attends the “Fast & Furious 6″ world premiere in London, England, on May 7.
“The Fast and the Furious” movie star Paul Walker, 40, has died in a car accident Saturday afternoon in southern California, his agent confirmed to the Daily News.
The accident occurred in Santa Clarita — outside of Los Angeles — when Walker’s Porsche apparently lost control and crashed into a tree, TMZ reported. The car burst into flames and exploded.
Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of the Porsche that crashed in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday.
Paul Walker, who visited “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on May 24, died Saturday in a single car accident in Santa Clarita Saturday.
“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
From left to right: Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Paul Walker, Justin Lin, Elisa Pataky, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson and Ssung Kang attend the world premiere of “Fast & Furious 6″ in London, England, on May 7.
The L.A. County Sherriff’s Office is still investigating and said the county’s coroner office will make any announcement. No one was immediately available for comment Saturday night.
Authorities are still investigating but TMZ reported Walker and another person in the vehicle died in the one-car accident. It is unclear who was driving at the time, TMZ reports.
Authorities told TV Station CBS 2 in Los Angeles the crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. on the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. The identities of the victims have not been released, CBS News reported.
Walker has been taking people on test drives of the car at a car show to raise money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, TMZ reported.
The actor is best known for starring in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise that has seven total movies.
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Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. 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 was born in Glendale, California, and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul Walker III, a sewer contractor. His ancestry included Irish, English, and German. His paternal grandfather was a professional boxer, “Irish Billy Walker”. Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Village Christian School. After high school, he attended several community colleges, majoring in marine biology.
Walker’s small screen career began as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of 2 and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Also in 1985 he starred in a commercial for “Showbiz Pizza“.
Walker’s film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I’m Telling!, finishing in second place. He continued with roles in several other movies without much success: it was not until 1998 that Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, She’s All That, and The Skulls.
In 2001, Walker’s breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride, Into the Blue, and Timeline, and also had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood‘s 2006 adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers.
Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney Pictures‘ Eight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend. During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that “[Walker] is that guy on some level” when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he “loved working with [Walker] because as a director he’s completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. And even better, he’s completely game for it.”
Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009. Walker then appeared with T.I., Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, and Hayden Christensenin the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.
In February 2013, it was announced that he was to play Agent 47 in the Hitman reboot.
The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011. He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
Walker lived in Santa Barbara, California, with his dogs, one of which is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Paul and his then-girlfriend Rebecca have a daughter, Meadow (born on November 4, 1998), who moved from Hawaii to California to be closer to Walker. He was an avid surfer and enjoyed the beach. Walker held a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.
Walker’s first passion was marine biology, with his idol being Jacques Cousteau, and he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, which premiered in June 2010. He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. Michael Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time.
In March 2010, Walker went to Chile, specifically to Constitución, to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He also flew with his humanitarian aid team, REACH OUT Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.
He was also an avid car enthusiast who competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced a M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide. Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.
Walker has 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 did many stunts in the movie himself.
On November 30, 2013, at roughly 3:30 PM (PST), Walker and a companion were driving in Santa Clarita, California, when the Porsche they were in swung out of control and crashed into a tree. The car immediately exploded and burst into flames, killing both.
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