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Paul Walker Star of “The Fast and the Furious” Dies In Car Crash

Paul Walker

Paul Walker, the handsome actor best known for his role as Detective Brian O’Connor in the The Fast and the Furious movie franchise has died in a car accident,

Variety  reports:

Paul Walker, the star of Universal Pictures’ “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, died Saturday after the Porsche he was riding in struck a light pole in Valencia, Calif., Variety has confirmed. He was 40.

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the studio said in a statement issued Saturday night. “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.”

According to Walker’s Facebook page, he was the passenger in a car driven by a friend following an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide. Walker has business connections to Always Evolving Performance Motors, which is located near the crash site.

Authorities said they responded to the crash at about 3:30 p.m. PT in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop and found the car engulfed in flames. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said that speed was a factor in the crash.

The driver of the car Roger Rodas, was a professional driver who’s raced in the Pirelli World Challenge. Rodas and Walker were Porsche enthusiasts and owned a race team together

Paul Walker is survived by a teenage daughter, Meadow.

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