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'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker dead at 40

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  • First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Nov. 30, 2013. A publicist for actor Paul Walker says the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series died in a car crash north of Los Angeles.(Photo: Dan Watson, AP)
    
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  • Paul Walker, one of the main stars of the popular Fast and Furious action-movie franchise, was killed on Saturday in a car accident in Santa Clarita, Calif.

    The actor's representative, Ame Van Iden, confirmed his death to USA TODAY. He was 40.

    Walker had returned home for the holidays from the Atlanta set of Fast and Furious 7 and was scheduled to return next week.

    A statement on Walker's Facebook page says the actor died while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

    The statement continued: "(Walker) 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."

    The California native appeared in all but one of the Fast and Furious movies, starring as Brian O'Conner opposite Vin Diesel. Other movie credits include Varsity Blues, Eight Below, Takers and the upcoming Hours, an indie drama set in Louisiana amid the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, out Dec. 13.

    Fast & Furious 7 is scheduled to be released July 11. Walker also stars in the cop drama Brick Mansions, due Nov. 27.

    Universal Pictures released a statement on Walker's death Saturday night:

    "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 FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."

    Celebrities took to Twitter to remember the star.

    James Franco: "Much love to paul walker. so sad. he gave alot of joy."

    Leann Rimes Cibrian: "What horrible news #PaulWalker prayers go out to his family. You just never know.... Cherish each breath, it's a gift."

    Nick Cannon: "Rest in Peace to a true light, Paul Walker. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord."

    Contributing: Scott Bowles, Alison Maxwell

    by Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

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