Rest in Peace: Paul Walker
Paul Walker, star of The Fast and the Furious, has died, PEOPLE confirms.
The actor died Saturday afternoon when a car he was in crashed and exploded in Santa Clarita, Calif. The driver also died.
Police released a statement about the accident: “When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.”
“This is an ongoing investigation,” Deputy Heischuber of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station tells PEOPLE. “A solo car crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the city of Santa Clarita, on the outskirts of Valencia. A 911 call came in from a bystander.”
A Tweet from Walker’s verified account reads: “It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident.”
According to a post on his official Facebook page, the actor was “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.”
TMZ was the first to report the news of Walker’s death in a car accident.”
RIP Paul Walker – Thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.