News East West
NEW YORK: Paul Walker, the star of five out six “Fast & Furious” action films, was killed in a road accident on Saturday in southern California.
The 40-year-old actor was traveling in a friend’s car near the city of Santa Clarita on Saturday evening when the crash took place. The car – a Porsche Carrera GT – reportedly hit a light pole and tree and then burst into flames. The speed is said to be the cause of the accident.
In an email, Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden said, “Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident.’’
A message posted on Paul’s facebook page, said, “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. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.’’
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said that when deputies reached the spot, they found the car engulfed in flames. Two persons inside the car were found dead.
Expressing shock at the sudden death of the star, Universal Studios, which has produced the `Fast and Furious’ series, said, “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. 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.’’
The blonde-haired, bearded actor had starred in five of the six `Fast and Furious’ action movies in the role of a law-enforcement officer named Brian O’Conner. The action series is based on illegal street racing and heists.
Paul was busy with “Fast & Furious 7’’ which was scheduled to be launched next July.
Just this Friday, he had tweeted and posted on facebook about the seventh sequel, “The boys are back. Will you be ready?”