TMZ is reporting that Paul Walker, star of the “Fast and Furious” films, died today in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Walker, 40, and a passenger reportedly were killed when their Porsche slammed into a post or tree and burst into flames. TMZ reports that Walker “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.”

Like many celebrities, Walker had been the subject of death hoaxes before, making the news even more difficult to believe.

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Update: Walker’s death has been confirmed through both his official Twitter account and Facebook page:

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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