TMZ is reporting that “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker, 40, died in a car accident in Santa Clarita, California, earlier today. Multiple sources have told TMZ that Walker and a companion were driving in a Porsche together, when the driver lost control and hit a tree or light post, and the car burst into flames, killing both passengers. It’s unclear who was driving at the time of the accident.
Authorities told CBS News in Los Angeles that a crash did occur at 3:30 p.m. in the area, and two people were killed, though their identities were not released.
UPDATE: Representatives for Walker have confirmed to multiple news outlets that the actor has died. Walker’s verified Twitter account also confirmed the news. A photo from the scene of the crash has been released (inset — larger photo at the link.)
Walker, a native of Glendale, CA, is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow. He’s best known for his role in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise and the movie “Varsity Blues.” By all accounts, he was one of the humble, nice dudes in Hollywood and this is very sad news. Our thoughts are with his family.