Sad news out of the world of entertainment Saturday night (Nov. 30). Actor Paul Walker, best known for the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, was killed in a car accident near Santa Clarita, Calif., a rep for the actor confirms to Zap2it (as first reported by TMZ).
Walker’s Facebook page posted this:
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
Universal Pictures says in a statement:
All of us at Universal are heartbroken. 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 the Furious’ films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.
The “Varsity Blues” star was known for his love of cars. He told a journalist in a 2009 interview when asked what car best represents him:
“My problem is I appreciate them all. Cars are my vice. I collect cars, that’s what I do. I love everything about them. … It’s a big part of my lifestyle, it’s a big part of who I am and it’ll always remain that way.”
Below are some more recent interviews with Walker when he was promoting “Fast and Furious 6,” which came out last May — an appearance on “Today” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” There is also a clip of Walker as a young boy appearing on the 1980s game show “I’m Telling” with his sister Ashlie.
The seventh “Fast and Furious” movie is currently filming. Walker recently did an interview with Collider about the decision to sign on for the seventh and eighth franchise installments and how he wasn’t sure when the director switched over from Justin Lin, who directed the fourth, fifth and sixth movies, to James Wan.
“I think I’ve had enough successes to where the journey is more important to me now. There’s no guarantee, no matter what. We get one run in life,” says Walker. But ultimately, he was won over by Wan.
“Fast and Furious 7” is slated for release in July 2014. Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.