Actor Paul Walker died in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Saturday (Nov. 30), his rep has confirmed. He was 40 years old. Generally I prefer not to cover celebrity deaths. I never have anything to say regarding them and don’t think I’m capable of doing a decent obituary for someone, but I have to say I’m shocked about Paul Walker. When I first heard the news, I thought someone was yanking my chain, especially considering he died in a car crash. I didn’t really get into the Fast and Furious franchise until the 4th film but loved him in those and I met the guy at a party years ago and said a brief hello at Cinemacon this year, he was very down to earth. Here is the official statement from his team.
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.