New Details in Actor Paul Walker’s Death

Posted on: 1:23 pm, December 1, 2013, by , updated on: 01:20pm, December 1, 2013

SANTA CLARITA, California (CNN) – Actor Paul Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise “Fast & Furious,” died Saturday in a car crash in Southern California. He was 40.

Walker’s publicist Ame van Iden confirmed his death, but said she could not elaborate beyond statements posted on Walker’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Walker was a passenger in a friend’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and both were attending a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide, in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.

The website for the charity said the Saturday event was intended to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.

The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.

“I don’t know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Allen.

Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, he said

Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.

The county coroner said that, given the condition of the bodies, it will take some time to definitively identify them.

Box office success

Walker’s career began on the small screen, first with a commercial for Pampers when he was 2, and then with parts in shows such as “Highway to Heaven” and “Touched By An Angel.”

His first few movie roles were as supporting characters in teen flicks, most notably in “Varsity Blues.”

His career really took off when he was cast as undercover cop Brian O’Conner infiltrating a street-racing gang in 2001′s “The Fast and the Furious.”

The box-office success of the surprise summer hit yielded numerous sequels. And along with Vin Diesel, Walker was one of the franchise stalwarts.

At the time of his death, he was working on the seventh film of the franchise, due out next year.

Walker wasn’t just a car enthusiast on the silver screen, off-screen, the actor competed in the “Redline Time Attack” racing series.

On his verified Twitter account, Walker described himself as “outdoorsman, ocean addict, adrenaline junkie … and I do some acting on the side.”

Walker also is the star of “Hours,” an independent film scheduled to be released December 13 about a father struggling to keep his newborn infant alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Twitter and other social media exploded with reactions to Walker’s death.

“Completely numb and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Paul Walker,” wrote one.

Hollywood condolences came from Will Smith, Jack Osbourne, DMX and others.

“No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No,” tweeted actress Alyssa Milano. Walker guest-appeared with her in the 80s comedy, “Who’s The Boss?” “Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP.”

He is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

CNN’s Alan Duke reported from Santa Clarita; Joe Sutton from Atlanta. CNN’s Greg Botelho, David Simpson and Jackie Castillo also contributed to this report.

8 comments

  • Patrick Byrne says:

    So what? If he put others at risk with his (or his friend’s) driving then you should be happy they died instead of an innocent victim. If he and his friend had wrecked into you and killed your loved ones, would you feel sorry for him still? No!

  • Chris says:

    You’re not innocent from making mistakes dickface. We all do. Don’t speak as if you’re above everyone.

    • byrne001 says:

      Losers die while innocents live. That should’ve been the headline. And if you Chris put others in harms way for your fun, you are indeed the biggest loser in NE Ohio!!

  • Brian says:

    I think its sad that people like Patrick have Nuthin better 2 do besides disrespect the dead with the with the possibilities of what if when the fact of the matter is they didn’t in danger anyone Rip Paul walker my condolences go out to both families n Patrick get a life

  • its me says:

    Wow please let the man rest in peace. This is not a matter of pointing blame someone lost their life wrong or right lets pay respect to the people he loved and his daughter who has to live on with out him.

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