First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole killing actor Paul Walker, who was a passenger in the vehicle.(Photo: Dan Watson, AP)
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.
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 after Hurricane Katrina out Dec. 13.
Universal Pictures released this 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 FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."