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In 2009, Walker attended a "Fast & Furious 4" press event in France. Mark Renders, Getty Images

 

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. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told AP that speed was a factor in the crash.

Walker had returned home for the holidays from theAtlanta 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."

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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 BelowTakers 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."

Co-stars and other celebrities took to social media to remember the star.

Vin Diesel: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

Tyrese Gibson: "My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don't understand My heart hurts it's broken no one can convince me that this is real.... Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family..."

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson: "All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother."

Jordana Brewster: "Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone."

Jessica Alba: "#RIPPaulWalker he was a lovely person -so sweet and grounded. My heart goes out to his family."

Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges: "Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,..."

James Van Der Beek: "I just remember him as being so effortlessly golden. He had that way about him, that "thing"...#rippaulwalker #TeamPW"

Joshua Jackson: "Damn. Hard to imagine someone so full of life taken so soon. My thoughts go out to your family. RIP Pauly Walker"

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

 

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