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.
Given the sick number of celeb death hoaxes and Paul Walker's "Fast/Furious" fame, no wonder there was such skepticism about the story.
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) December 1, 2013
— Kevin Takumi (@KevinTakumi) December 1, 2013
— Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) December 1, 2013
Variety has added another line to their story saying they confirmed with their own source…not just TMZ.
— Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) December 1, 2013
For what it's worth, a source close to actor Paul Walker confirmed the report of his death to Variety magazine.
— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) December 1, 2013
A source has also confirmed to @Variety that Paul Walker is dead, for those of you who refuse to believe TMZ
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) December 1, 2013
Goodness. A shame about Paul Walker. RIP.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 1, 2013
Sad to hear about Paul Walker. My heart goes out to his friends, family and especially to his young daughter. RIP
— Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) December 1, 2013
I can't believe Paul Walker has died. Pulls at my heart. Such a waste. A reminder to us all to please drive safely.
— Alessandra Torre (@ReadAlessandra) December 1, 2013
It's 2000 & I am an assistant at Revolution Studios & Paul Walker is the biggest deal. Remember? The eyes? So very sad.
— liz garcia (@lizwgarcia) December 1, 2013
🙁 @joshuahorowitz By all accounts, Paul Walker was a great guy. In my limited experience with him that was the case as well. Such sad news.
— AWKOTACO ∞ (@Had2byou) December 1, 2013
RIP Paul walker. Grew up watching all the Fast & furious movies.
— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) December 1, 2013
So sad to hear about Paul Walker. So young. Can't believe it.
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) December 1, 2013
Life is so fragile… RIP, Paul Walker.
— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) December 1, 2013
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Update: Walker’s death has been confirmed through both his official Twitter account and Facebook page:
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013
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