Fast And Furious star dies in crash
SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA
AUL Walker, best known as undercover agent Brian O'Connor in the Fast And Furious action movies, died in a fiery car crash in California on Saturday.
Walker, 40, appeared in all but one of the six movies in the popular franchise, and was a leading protagonist along with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.
He was killed when the red Porsche sports car he was travelling in slammed into a tree and caught fire around 3.30pm on Saturday in the town of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, the local media reported.
His friend, identified as former race-car driver Roger Rodas, was taking him for a joy ride in his new Porsche Carrera GT, reports said. Witnesses recognised Walker and one onlooker even tried to pull him from the wreckage, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper reported.
"They were trapped. Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried. We went through fire extinguishers," the actor's friend, Mr Antonio Holmes, told the paper.
Walker was taking a Thanksgiving break from filming the seventh Fast And Furious movie, which had been scheduled for release in July.
He had been at an event to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines for Reach Out Worldwide, a non-profit disaster-relief group the actor founded.
Hollywood star Diesel wrote on his Instagram account: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."
Another Fast And Furious co-star, Ludacris, wrote on Twitter: "...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."
The late actor is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Rain.