'Fast & Furious' star Walker killed in car crash

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 6:52 AM
Last updated 7:00 AM
  • Follow Latest News

LOS ANGELES  — A fiery car crash north of Los Angeles has killed 40-year-old  Paul   Walker , the star of the Fast & Furious movie series, and one other person in the vehicle.

Back | Next
Paul Walker  AP
AP
Paul Walker

Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision Saturday afternoon in the community of Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Two people who were 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 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.

The Sheriff's Department said that speed was 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 racecar shop. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.

"All of us at Universal are heartbroken," Universal Pictures, which has released the "Fast & Furious" franchise, said in a statement. " 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."

His "Fast & Furious" 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 absolutely speechless."

Walker   rode the "Fast & Furious" franchise to stardom, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. The blond-haired, blue-eyed Los Angeles-native brought California surfer good-looks and an easy, warm charm to the popular street-racing series.

The son of a fashion model and a sewer contractor,   Walker   grew up in a working class, Mormon household in Glendale, Calif. The oldest of five siblings,   Walker's   mother began taking him to auditions as a toddler. He was a child model beginning at the age of 2.

Walker   has said the early induction to show business wasn't to start him on a career path, but as a way to help provide for the family.

After a string of TV roles as a child in the '80s, including small roles on "Who's the Boss" and "Charles in Charge,"   Walker   made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy "Meet the Deedles." Supporting roles in the films "Pleasantville," ''Varsity Blues" and "Flags of Our Fathers" followed.

His performance in the 2000 thriller "The Skulls" caught the eye of producer Neal H. Moritz, who cast him in "The Fast and the Furious" as undercover police officer Brian O'Conner. Adapted from a Vibe magazine article about underground street races, the film became an unexpected hit.

In the sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious,"   Walker   moved to center stage with Diesel temporarily dropping out.   Walker , a self-described "gearhead," kept his character's sports car from the film.

Walker   starred in other films, including the crime thriller "Running Scared," the Antarctic adventure "Eight Below" and the heist film "Takers." Though his stardom didn't make as much of an impact outside the "Fast & Furious" series,   Walker   continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator.

"Your humble spirit was felt from the start," Ludacris,   Walker's   "Fast & Furious" co-star, said on Twitter. "Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers."

"Fast & Furious" proved unusually enduring. Released in May, "Fast & Furious 6" was the most lucrative of them all, grossing more than $788 million worldwide. The seventh installment began shooting in September, with a release planned for July. The film's production was on break with more shooting to be done.

Walker   stars in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama "Hours," which Lionsgate's Pantelion Films is to release Dec. 13. He also stars in "Brick Mansions," a remake of the French action film "District B13" in post-production that Relativity plans to release next year. " Paul   was an incredibly talent artist, devoted philanthropist and friend," Relativity President Tucker Tooley said in a statement.

He formed Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to aid people struck by natural disasters.

A friend of   Walker's   who attended the fundraiser Saturday, Bill Townsend, told AP Radio, "He was very happy. He was smiling at everybody, just tickled that all these people came out to support this charity. He was doing what he loved. He was surrounded by friends, surrounded by cars."

Walker   is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.

Comments (7) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Little Lamb
45907
Points
Little Lamb 12/01/13 - 03:29 pm
1
6
Sympathy

I am sorry for the family’s loss. Still, all the while it seems fitting.

Farmboy
946
Points
Farmboy 12/01/13 - 03:37 pm
7
0
Fitting?

Boy, life goes on for you doesn't it...

InChristLove
22473
Points
InChristLove 12/01/13 - 03:55 pm
3
1
Yes, life does go on

Yes, life does go on Farmboy.......Little Lamb I understood your meaning on it seems "fitting". We just wish it had been a movie script and hate that it was real life.

fedex227
11187
Points
fedex227 12/01/13 - 07:22 pm
5
0
'Ironic' maybe.
Unpublished

'Fitting' implies something a little different, and I'm sure that's not what was meant.

Little Lamb
45907
Points
Little Lamb 12/01/13 - 09:08 pm
1
5
Not Ironic

Perhaps ‘fitting’ is not the best word, but I think ‘ironic’ is not right, either. From Wikipedia I got the following:

Henry Watson Fowler, in The King's English, says "any definition of irony—though hundreds might be given, and very few of them would be accepted—must include this, that the surface meaning and the underlying meaning of what is said are not the same." Also, Eric Partridge, in Usage and Abusage, writes that "Irony consists in stating the contrary of what is meant."

An ‘ironic’ demise of Walker would be if he died while traveling in a car going ten miles an hour.

fedex227
11187
Points
fedex227 12/01/13 - 09:58 pm
3
0
Still get his meaning ICL ?
Unpublished

The 'fitting' part I mean. Please tell me you don't think it's 'fitting' he died a passenger in a fiery car wreck.

KSL
129324
Points
KSL 12/02/13 - 04:08 am
1
2
I understand what LL was

I understand what LL was saying! It ain't that hard!

InChristLove
22473
Points
InChristLove 12/02/13 - 05:53 am
1
2
"fitting" of a kind that is

"fitting" of a kind that is appropriate for the situation or purpose.

fedex, I took it to mean since Walker was a star in a fast speed car series, not that there is joy or gladness Walker died in a fiery car crash but that since society associated him with fast and furious cars and driving, it is kind of appropriate or "fitting" of the situation that he should leave this earth in the manner that society associates him with.

Might not have been the best sentence structure but I understood what LL meant. Some others may not have.

Little Lamb
45907
Points
Little Lamb 12/02/13 - 11:12 am
0
0
Structure

I guess I should have left out the "all the while" phrase.

Great to hear from you ICL and KSL. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I also wish you a holy Christmas this year.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Clemson halts mandatory student sex survey

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson says it has suspended a mandatory survey of students the school says was part of a review to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.
Search Augusta jobs