The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker has died, PEOPLE confirm.
The actor died Saturday afternoon when a car he was in crashed and
exploded in Santa Clarita, Calif. The driver also died.
Police released a statement about the accident: "When they arrived,
deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire
Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two
victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the
"This is an on-going investigation," Deputy Heischuber of the
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station tells PEOPLE. "A solo car crash
occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the city of Santa Clarita, on the outskirts of
Valencia. A 911 call came in from a bystander."
A Tweet from Walker's verified account reads: "It's with a heavy
heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car
According to a post on his official Facebook page, the actor was
"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. We
appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by
this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during
this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to
Action Star Walker was known for his role as Brian O'Conner in The Fast
and the Furious film franchise.
The latest, Fast & Furious 7, was filmed this fall and also stars
Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodiguez, Ludacris and
Dwayne Johnson, and is scheduled to hit theatres next summer.
Walker has a daughter, Meadow Rain, who turned 15 last month.
The actor was born in Glendale, Calif., in 1973, and appeared on TV in
Who's the Boss and The Young and the Restless as a teen before breaking through
to films such as 1999s Varsity Blues and She's All That.
Walker recalled his decision to take the role in Fast and the Furious to
Motor Trend this year.
"Universal came to me with a newspaper article about street racing
in L.A. and I was like 'Are you kidding me? I grew up doing that right off
Peoria in Sun Valley,' “he said.”They asked if I wanted to do it. There wasn't
even a screenplay, there was nothing, but I was like ...'F–– yeah, I want to do
TMZ was the first to report the news of Walker's death in a car