'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker killed in horror smash
A FIERY car crash north of Los Angeles has killed 40-year-old Paul Walker, the star of the 'Fast and Furious' movie series, and one other person in the vehicle.
Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a crash on Saturday afternoon in the community of Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Two people found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. Walker's publicist Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor's death. A statement on Walker's Facebook page said he had been a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organisation, Reach Out Worldwide. The Sheriff's Department said that speed had been a factor in the crash.
The 'Santa Clarita Valley Signal' reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby race-car shop.
Universal Pictures, which has released the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, said in a statement: "Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years."
His co-star Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: "Brother, I will miss you very much. I am speechless." Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.