‘Fast and the Furious’ Star Paul Walker Dies In Fatal Car Crash

Published 9 months ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:46 am,

Paul Walker RIP Fast and the Furious Star Paul Walker Dies In Fatal Car Crash

Tonight, some sad and unexpected news comes from Los Angeles: Paul Walker, the actor best known for his central role in all but one of the Fast and the Furious movies, has died in a fatal car accident. He was 40 years old.

According to the initial report from TMZ, Walker was involved in “a single-car accident and explosion” in Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles. “Multiple sources” close to the actor have confirmed to sites like Variety and Deadline that:

“The actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.”

Walker was reportedly in Santa Clarita for a car show, the aim of which was to raise money for the relief effort in the Philippines following the devastating typhoon. Walker was giving friends rides in his new Porshe GT when somehow the driver lost control, resulting in the death of Walker and an unidentified passenger.

It’s unclear at this point whether or not Walker was actually driving. Details are scarce as the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office investigates.

Paul Walker in Fast and Furious 6 Fast and the Furious Star Paul Walker Dies In Fatal Car Crash

Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Vin Diesel in ‘Fast and Furious 6′

An actor since childhood, Walker appeared in TV shows such as Who’s The Boss? and The Young and The Restless before landing his breakout role in the 1999 high school football drama Varsity Blues (following a noteworthy appearance in Gary Ross’ Pleasantville). His role as FBI agent Brian O’Conner in 2001′s The Fast and the Furious put him on the map.

Despite his charm and leading-man good looks, mainstream success outside of the blockbuster racecar/heist franchise largely eluded Walker. He turned in strong performances in films like director Wayne Cramer’s Running Scared and Clint Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers, but other attempts to place Walker at the center of a tentpole – such as 2003′s Timeline or 2010′s Takers - misfired.

After appearing in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Walker sat out the third entry, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, but wound up returning for every other installment, culminating in the monster success of this year’s (Fast and) Furious 6, which took in nearly $800 million worldwide.

The next chapter, Fast and Furious 7, is currently in production, with a projected release date of July 11, 2014. Tonight’s sad news seemingly puts the future of the seventh film in the series up in the air. This is not the first time a main actor has perished before the completion of the film; Brandon Lee was famously killed during a prop gun malfunction during the making of The Crow and more recently, Heath Ledger died before he had completed filming his scenes for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, requiring a complete rewrite of the story. Is something similar in store for Fast 7? We should know soon enough.

Paul Walker’s verified Twitter account and official Facebook page have confirmed the star’s passing:

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

Paul Walker is survived by a daughter, Rebecca, and four siblings. All of us here at Screen Rant wish to express our deepest condolences at Mr. Walker’s passing, and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans.

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R.I.P. Paul Walker, September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013

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  1. I’m surprised Screen Rant didn’t delete this comment. I was about to post something else, but I think it would have been deleted. You need to really look into your soul, dude.

    • @Kahless – I was travelling and wasn’t near a computer. My apologies for letting it stay as long as it did. That has been corrected.

      Thanks,
      Paul Young – Moderator

  2. I always liked Paul. I vouched for him at all times in the “Furious”-franchise. He just had that sympathetic look to him, and judging by what some of his real friends said he sure was a great guy too. I can’t even process the fact that he has a daughter that has to go through this, but I hope and cross my fingers that she has people around her that can help her in this great tragedy. Rest in peace, Paul. You may not have been that guy that gets the awards, but you have the fans and won’t be forgotten. / JB

  3. will movie will still be released? 2014 july 11?

  4. This sucks, I find it a little ironic that he died in a car and he is well-known for the Fast and Furious movies. Rest in peace, and I hope the writers find a decent way to send him off in the eighth movie, unless it’s a prequel or a flashforward film once more. Looking forward to seven, hope it’s amazing, and this news is incredibly sad. And to think, people just die out of the blue, like James Gandolfini, I’m sure no one was expecting James or Paul to die, but sadly, they did…

  5. so the movie going to be released?

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I really loved his movies. Not too many actors,even the great ones can say that they were part of a franchise from the start. That is something special. I too lost a family member today 12-1-13, so all I can say is rmmber the memories.

  7. My heart goes out to both of the men and their families. Paul brought some great cinema experiences in my life.I would to thank him for that. He will be missed.

  8. R.I.P

  9. I cant stand the fact that the good always die young. I mean there are horrible people out there that do horrible things and break all the laws in the book and live to die of old age. I wish nothing but the best for his daughter and my condolences. Hopefully they dont choose to end his role in the movie by some crazy car crash or something, I think maybe him leaving the team behind because of his family is of much better taste. I also extend my condolences to Roger’s family, we are not ignoring him its just more of a shock phase that everyone is going through and honestly Paul is someone that we let into our homes to entertain us and somehow became part of our lives. Paul seemed like a great man and died under horrible circumstances and he will never be forgotten.

  10. The Rock put this on Facebook 30 minutes ago:

    “All my strength, love & prayers to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time.

    This devastating loss is an important reminder that the best way we can honor our lost loved ones – is by living and loving as greatly as possible.

    Love you brother. DJ”

    They’ll probably continue the franchise but dedicate it to Paul. Why drop something when they could come out stronger instead and maybe give the paycheck he might’ve received to his family and charity instead?

  11. “If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling”
    - Paul Walker
    coincidence… :(

    • My sister pointed out that quote earlier in the day and I thought the same thing.

  12. Many people know Paul, but not everyone knows his story. Paul Walker has traveled around the world helping those in need after natural disasters. He was one of the few celebrities to donate over $2.5 million dollars to people who were in need of shelter and food. He was a true hero.

  13. shocking and very sad news RIP.

  14. In memory of Paul Walker facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Paul-Walker/236898096475143

    • I honestly think it’s dumb to set up Facebook pages like that. Watch his movies, donate to the charities he supported but Facebook pages acting as therapy for his fans, most of whom never met him?

      Unbelievably creepy.

      • Welcome to the 21st Century, mourning and memorial like all things will forever continue to change and evolve.

  15. I DO NOT KNOW THE DRIVER RODGER RODAS A DAVASTATING LOSS,BUT IT SEEM’S I’VE KNOWN MY MAIN MAN,PAUL WALKER WHEN HE FIRST STARTED MAKING MOVIE’S,I HAVE NO IDEA ON WHO WILL BE PAUL REPLACEMENT BUT MARTIN HENDERSON WAS THE FIRST PERSON WHO POPPED IN MY HEAD FOR THE JOB,MY CONDOLENCES TO RODGER AND PAUL’S FAMILY,MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE.

  16. RIP Walker and Rodas.
    Here is a little backstory on Rodas and how he and Walker met from Autoweek.

    “According to a story in Wealth Management, the two met when Walker, at a track event, noticed that Rodas was driving a Porsche GT3 that Walker used to own. They ended up racing together at events like the 25 Hours of Thunderhill…

    …Rodas, who turned 38 a month ago, and his Rodas Group company were well known in financial circles in California, largely through an enduring relationship with the investment firm Merrill Lynch. According to his biography, he was “instrumental in developing waste to energy power plants and wind farms in Central America,” and he was also owner of Cielo Recycling, a Central American recycling plant. He was ranked by Barron’s three years in a row as one of America’s top financial advisers.”

    Rodas was an accomplished racer and was Walker’s business partner and manager.

    Kudos to Mr Rodas and Mr Walker for giving back to the community.

  17. Very sad and shocking news.

    It’s always sad and shocking when someone who is trying to do good in the world dies young.

    All the best on your journey into eternity.

  18. Damn Sad News! I liked his movies!

  19. Very sad. I was just watching FF5 and it’s bloopers yesterday, just before I heard the news. He seemed like such a good guy.

    Also Dazz, you are the one that is creepy. Seriously, what is the matter with you? Hating on a FB page for Paul Walker fans. Downright rude and unnecessary, like most of your comments usually are.

  20. Condolences to Paul’s and his friend’s family and friends. It’s bad their lives were cut so short. But I’m glad they did good and touched other people’s lives. It’s not how long you live but how well you live your life. It’s a hard but undeniable fact. RIP guys.

  21. Two lessons.
    Life is short. Never forget this and waste not a second of it.
    Do all the good you can while you have the time.
    So sad you’re gone Paul. But so glad you did good. Your legacy will continue to inspire others.

  22. May god bless the soul of the 2 men who perished. trully a devastating lost.

    i’m just thinking aloud should they proceed to rewrite FF7, perhaps with the concent of family, friends and fans, they could replicate the tragic scene in a way as a shocking news to Dom and the gang, and pay a tribute to honor these 2, part of the revenue of the movie to be donated to the family and charity that Paul wanted to see fulfiled.

    Otherwise not, may he and Rodas rest in piece. Amen

    • I’m sorry…i meant to say *Peace… darn it!

  23. Very sad indeed. One of the good guys. He will be missed.

  24. Totally out of the blue, came as a shock when I heard on the radio yesterday.

    Last thing to think about is the film but it’s an easy fix, you just blow up his R35GTR and Shaw has another victim to go with Han….. even more motivation for Dom and the Crew.

    R.I.P Paul, may you drift for eternity…..

  25. Sad, stunned and unbelieveable,let me say this taking a clue from the last F&F movie that Inspector Hobbs/Dwayne Johnson speaks THAT THE LOSS OFF LIFE IS UNTHINKABLE so both Paul, his friend Roger and the driver are losses to their famlies that is UNTHINKABLE.hENCE deep[est condolences to all their families without any prejudice, all being humans and God the Creator looks and t all and loves them the same no more nor less…RIP PAUL,ROGER AND MR DRIVER…The hope of resurrection is strong and firmand we will meet you again espcially your families as the hope and comfort is provided by none other than Gods Word the Bible AT THE account of Revelation Chapter 21 verses 3,4…here’swhat it says, “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them.And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.”

  26. Rest in Peace Pal Walker! We Will Miss You!

  27. It’s been 6 months from Paul’s passing. He was a truly wonderful person and great actor. He will be sorely missed

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