Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed two people north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.
Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.
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.
“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,” according to a statement posted on his Facebook page.
“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives,” the statement said.
The website for the charity indicated there was an event in Southern California on Saturday to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Along with Vin Diesel, the 40-year-old Walker has been one of the stalwarts of the “Fast and Furious” movie series, characterized by its racing scenes and attractive cast.
The box-office success of the first film in 2001 fueled sequels. The series’ sixth installment came out earlier this year, topping the Memorial Day weekend box office.
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