‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker dies in car accident

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LOS ANGELES — Actor Paul Walker, a star of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, died Saturday in a car accident, according to his official Facebook page and verified Twitter account.

“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,” according to a statement posted on his Facebook page.

The website for the charity indicated there was an event in Southern California on Saturday to benefit victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.

Along with Vin Diesel, the 40-year-old Walker has been one of the stalwarts of the “Fast and Furious” movie series, characterized by its racing scenes and attractive cast.

Movie poster featured Paul Walker from "Into the Blue" (Photo: MGN Online/Sony Pictures)

Movie poster featured Paul Walker from “Into the Blue” (Photo: MGN Online/Sony Pictures)

The box-office success of the first film in 2001 fueled sequels. The series’ sixth installment came out earlier this year, topping the Memorial Day weekend box office.

A seventh film is scheduled for release in 2014. Part of the seventh movie was filmed on Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.

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.

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8 comments

  • chaz

    These are my most favorite movies in the world right now and I dont beleive this franchise would have been the same without Paul Walker, Paul we love you and you will be missed…R.I.P.

  • guestamundo

    How many other lives have been lost just from the influence of these ‘fast and furious’ movies that glorify reckless driving and street racing? How many lives will be saved if there are no more sequels to this Hollywood poison injected into the minds of youth? Its amazing that everyone seems so shocked over this crash. Drive like idiots, die like idiots.

  • Roman

    Hey guestamundo,
    If you ever watched those movies you’d know there’s a disclaimer above that kind of driving is only under controlled conditions by trained professionals…now who’s the idiot? BTW, he was the passenger, not the driver. Go back to your bubble…boy.

  • Algore Cowfart

    Roman, if the fast and furious death of Paul Walker saves just one life, just one driver decides NOT to drive like a reckeless fool; its worth every drop of blood that was bubbled up smoking and carmelized on the seats of this Porsche. YOU should be ashamed of yourself for glorifiying street racing and reckless driving. I’m so glad that your hero saved lives by buring alive whiile his financial advisor killed them both in a stupid stunt on public streets where innocent people could have died from their reckless insanity. Now, why not start your car and go driving fast and furious, instead of brainfarting online? Are you lame or just insane? Vroom vrooooom..! Just do it!!!

    • Roman

      Apparently, you can’t discern between real life and fantasy. As witnessed by your use of a fake name, but I do think your picture of Ronald McDonald is accurate, since you are a clown who hides behind the confines of the internet. Nobody but nobody in their right mind glorifies street racing. But people do enjoy living vicariously through the movies, while not duplicating professional stunts in real life. Are you that stupid to not realize that? Let me guess…you’re the type of person that places blame for sad/bad events in real life on things like movies, so maybe you’d like to see them banned, or maybe video games like dungeons & dragons, because one person out of millions that played the game killed someone and blamed the game, or maybe songs that people hear that make one person out of millions that hear that song commits suicide. Individuals are responsible for their own actions, but if I took your “suggestion” to start my car and drive fast & furious, and subsequently crashed and died, according to your logic, you’d be to blame for my actions. Now who’s lame…or insane? I will agree with you on one thing, if by the death of Paul Walker, it gets people to think twice about driving stupid, then his death and the death of the one driving will have accomplished something positive. Finito!

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