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Paul Walker Dead at 40 After Car Crash

Holy crap. Reps for Paul Walker have confirmed that the 40-year-old actor died Saturday afternoon in a car crash in Santa Clarita.

“Sources close to Paul tell us he was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort, and had been taking friends out for rides in his new Porsche GT,” wrote TMZ.

During one of the test spins, an unidentified driver lost control and crashed into a tree causing the car to burst into flames. The two were unable to get out of the car in time. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Spectators gathered at the scene, and several said the driver was the star of “The Fast and the Furious” series of films. One witness at the scene said he tried to put the fire out and recognized Walker inside the vehicle.

Walker is said to have business ties to Always Evolving Performance Motors, located down Constellation from the scene of the crash. Always Evolving hosted an open house and car meet on Saturday.

No word yet on what caused the accident. Police are still investigating.

Walker is probably best known for starring in the Fast and Furious franchise which, beyond all reason, started getting decent in the later part of the series.

From Walker’s Facebook:

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

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