SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Paul Walker, a star of the Fast & Furious movie series, died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash that killed two people north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.
Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.
A statement on the actor's Facebook page said that he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
CBSLA.com reported that the charity event was to raise money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines and for a toy drive for needy kids for the holidays.
"We … are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement on the actor's Facebook page said.
A good friend came by the charity event with a new Porsche and asked Walker if he wanted to take a spin, CBSLA.com reported, citing friends of Walker.
Officials said speed was likely a factor in the crash, according to CBSLA.com.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Santa Clarita Signal reported that a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and a tree and burst into flames.
Walker was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. CBSLA.com said it was unclear if Walker had completed his work on the film. He also starred in the suspense drama Hours, a drama about Hurricane Katrina that is set for release this month.