Paul Walker has died at the age of 40. The actor -- best known for his work in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise -- died suddenly after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California. The movie star died Saturday, Nov. 30, afternoon.
The following statement was posted to Walker's official Facebook page on Saturday evening: 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 Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station confirms in a statement to Us Weekly that there were two fatalities in a traffic collision at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday. When deputies arrived, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles Country Fire Department extinguished the flames, and two victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The collision is still under investigation.
A native of Glendale, Calif., Walker first broke out in Hollywood in the late '90s films "Pleasantville" and "Varsity Blues." He then went on to appear in "She's All That," "The Skulls," and first joined the "Fast and the Furious" franchise in 2001. The actor reprised his role as Brian O'Conner in "Fast & Furious 6" in 2013. "Fast & Furious 7" was announced for a 2014 debut.
While promoting his latest film Hours earlier this month, Walker revealed that his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, recently moved to live with him last year after living with her mother in Hawaii. Walker welcomed Meadow with then-girlfriend Rebecca in November 1998.