One of the stars of the "Fast & Furious" movies was killed in a fiery car crash in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday afternoon, according to a number of media reports.
Actor "Paul Walker, 40, and [his friend and colleague] former race car driver Roger Rodas, 38, were killed in a 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT Saturday afternoon when Rodas lost control of the supercar on a street in an industrial park in Valencia. The car slammed into a light pole, hit a tree and exploded on impact, just before 3:30 p.m.," reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
Walker was best known for playing Brian O’Conner in the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise.
According to the story, a statement on Walker’s Facebook page said, "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."
The story adds, "The two were partners in a custom car shop in Santa Clarita, Always Evolving, and had been at a charity event at the business prior to the collision, in support of a winter toy drive."
The article also notes that Walker’s "Fast & Furious" colleague Vin Diesel tweeted, “Brother, I will miss you very much. Heaven has gained a new angel. Rest in peace."
The story adds: "Walker, a Glendale native, also starred in the suspense drama ‘Hours,’ which is set for release this month. … Walker began his career as a child model at the age of two, and as a young adult took supporting roles in films including ‘She’s All That’ and ‘Varsity Blues.’ "
Walker had also been in a number of TV shows during his career, including National Geographic Channel’s "Expedition Great White" series.
Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, the article says.
TMZ.com first reported Walker’s death.