SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Actor Paul Walker died in a car accident in Southern California Saturday afternoon, according to TMZ.com.
Another person in the car also died, said TMZ. The entertainment website also reports Walker was in the Santa Clarita area for a car show to raise money for victims of the typhoon which struck the Philippines.
A statement was made on Walker’s Facebook page Saturday evening stating, “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. 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 send condolences. – #TeamPW.”
A news release from the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department was also sent to media.
Besides playing Brian O’Conner in ‘The Fast and Furious,’ Walker is also known for his 1999 role in ‘Varsity Blues’.