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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Paul Walker Dead: Age 40

He will be forever young.

In news just in, actor Paul Walker from the 'The Fast  And The Furious' movie franchise has died.

He was just age 40.

UPDATED 24/12/13: In breaking movie news, 'Fast and Furious 7' will be released in April 2015.

Says The Sydney Morning Herald.

Paul Walker, best known for his role in the The Fast and the Furious movies, is dead at 40.
His publicist Ame Van Iden said Walker died on Saturday afternoon.

The actor's representatives released a statement on his official 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 (Roger Rodas, who is survived by his wife Kristine and two children) 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."

To read more, go here.

The driver of the car - a Porsche - lost control and hit a telegraph pole in Valencia, north of Los Angeles, his publicist has confirmed.

Sadly, here is a photo of the car wreckage:

Photo: AP

UPDATED: fellow actors react:

Vin Diesel has commented on the death of his friend and co-star:

"Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

"All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother." - Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.” - Ludacris

“Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters. A real life tragedy if there ever was one.” - Rachel Leigh Cook

“There are no words… Someone pls say this is just another absurd internet hoax… This is awful. Awful. #RIPPaulWalker pls pray for his family, friends & fans. We’ve lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father.” - Gabrielle Union

“Paul Walker???? Oh my god. This is heartbreaking.” - Kat Dennings

"Heavy heavy heart tonight. Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family." - Olivia Wilde

"No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No. Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP" - Alyssa Milano

#paulwalker – much love to paul walker. So sad. He gave a lot of joy.” - James Franco

"Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha.” - Ryan Phillipe

Paul Walker 
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”

The Sheriff’s Department said that speed was a factor in the crash.

Paul was attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide.

The 'Santa Clarita Valley Signal' reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.

The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), took place at a nearby racecar shop.

Sadly, here is Paul's personal message, with his Fast & Furious castmates, uploaded on November 22:

Read more here.

Paul has a 15 year old daughter.

And here is more about Roger Rodas, from 'The Examiner':

Like Paul Walker, Roger Rodas was a successful business man and performance car enthusiast.As a Managing Director and Wealth Advisor working for Merryl Lynch/Bank of America, Roger Rodas was consistently recognized by Barrons as one of the top 1000 advisers in 2010,2011 and 2012. With a degree in Finance and numerous credentials and certifications from the Wharton School of Business, Roger Rodas had the aptitude to survive and thrive as a successful wealth adviser for more than 20 years. Roger Rodas also co-founded and was the brains and financial powerhouse behind Paul Walkers race team aptly named, Always Evolving.

And most famously, Rodas connected with Paul Walker and formedReach Out World Wide which sought to bring skilled volunteers to disaster stricken areas.Most notably the need was found in Haiti, as Paul Walker observed the disconnect between those suffering and those who wanted to help but had no relevant skills to give.

To read more, go here.

It's all very sad.

Here is one of the last photos of Paul and Roger, second and third from left:

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