The Final Photograph: Fast And Furious Star Paul Walker Pictured Getting Into His Friend's High Powered Porsche GT Just Minutes Before It Crashed And Killed Him
Surveillance video shows how Paul Walker's Porsche Carrera GT explodes into a fiery wreck in the moments after Saturday's deadly crash
Video doesn't appear to show any evidence of racing in the seconds before the crash
Heart-wrenching images of Walker's friends trying to save him have also been released
Witness claims that Walker and his driver, Roger Rodas suspected a mechanical problem with the car before the crash
Interview from 2011 has emerged in which the Fast & Furious star boasts of driving at 185 mph on the freeway
Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel addressed crowds who'd gathered at the crash site to pay tribute
CCTV footage that reveals the precise moment that Paul Walker's Porsche Carrera GT careered into a tree and burst into a flames has been released - as one witness claimed that the crash was an accident not a drag race.
Accident investigators 'have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was travelling alone at a high rate of speed' the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a written statement on Monday. 'No eyewitness has contacted the [department] to say there was a second vehicle.'
The surveillance footage shot from a nearby rooftop camera and obtained by OMG! Insider shows a plume of black smoke billow into the sky in the seconds after the crash, just moments before what appears to be a large detonation sends a huge fireball skywards.
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Tragic: This photo was taken just minutes after Walker's car crashed into a pole, and shows the Porsche in flames as fire marshals and police hold back friends who are trying to help
Moment of impact: The wreckage of Paul Walker's Porsche bursts into flames as he slams into a tree along with driver Roger Rodas on Saturday in the tragic crash which claimed both their lives
Tribute: Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel spoke to crowds who'd gathered at the crash site
Heartfelt: Vin Diesel thanked the crowd 'for showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him'
'Show that angel how much you appreciate him' Vin Diesel breaks...
On Monday Walker's Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel joined crowds who'd gathered to pay their respects.
Speaking through a police car loudspeaker, he said: 'If my brother were here right now and saw all the love that you're bringing here. If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time. That his family gets to see all of you show the love that you've shown Paul. It's going to stay with me forever.
'I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him. It's going to stay with me for ever.'
The footage of the deadly crash which claimed the lives of Walker, 40 and driver, Roger Rodas, 38, was released as images of the dramatic moment cops and emergency workers physically wrestled one of the Fast & Furious star's friends away from the scene also came to light.
And following the harrowing video and images, a professional driver who was at the charity show in Santa Clarita has come forward to claim that Rodas and Walker took their car out to check for a suspected mechanical issue and not for a joyride as has been claimed.
'As they were backing up the Carrera to put into the garage, it started stalling. I heard someone say, and I think it was Roger, "Why is the car stalling? Let’s take it around the block", the unidentified witness told Hollywood Reporter.
'Paul said, "Let me go with you really quickly".
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Tragedy: Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie Fast & Furious 5, in Rome in 2011 - the actor died in a fiery car crash in California on Saturday
'The whole premise of taking the car out for a drive was because something was wrong.'
The individual, who has declined to be named, said from his experiences with Walker and Rodas that the two were not likely to engage in a high-speed race with the Porsche Carrera GT - a car that is notorious for its handling issues at speed.
'These guys are business owners and Paul was a celebrity. They are responsible people. It was more like, "What the hell is wrong with this car? Let’s see what’s wrong and go for a drive".
'These guys were more like, "That’s weird, the car is stalling, let’s figure it out".'
The dramatic images from the minutes after the crash show how Walker's friends arrived on the scene and desperately tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers and reach their friend.
However, it is alleged that the situation was so hopeless that one of Walker's friends named Nute was so upset at being held back that he punched a firefighter - but was not charged by Sheriff's afterwards according to TMZ.Com
The 30-second video clip, obtained by OMG! Insider, also appears to show that there were no other cars in front or behind of Walker's Porsche in the seconds before the crash - adding to claims that he was not involved in a high-speed drag race before the incident.
Instead, it shows cars eventually rush to the scene as friends and passersby heard about the wreck.
While investigators appear to have ruled out racing of any kind as they seek to determine the cause of the crash, video of Fast & Furious star Walker has emerged in which he boasts of driving at 185mph on a freeway.
The tragic actor made the boast on the GT Channel in 2011, while he was test-driving a Nissan GT-R in Japan.
'The fastest I've ever gone is 184 to 186,' Walker says on the video as he then reveals his top speed on a legitimate racetrack is actually less.
This comes as law enforcement look into the possibility that speed was a factor in Saturday's deadly crash - although it was Rodas and not Walker who was driving the Porsche super-car at the time.
In fact the impact from the crash was so fierce that debris from the Porsche destroyed parts of a landscape garden and shattered windows of buildings hundreds of feet away.
A property manager for a complex located more than 100ft from the scene told radaronline.com that the crash hit the building where he works.
'Debris flew down the hill into our parking lot,' said Melvin Termain. 'A tree got broken, it messed up a little of the landscaping.
'Debris flew up and hit the window in the furthest unit'.
VIDEO: Paul Walker vigil at Santa Clarita, CA
Fireball: People can be seen ducking for cover as smoke from the deadly crash fills the sky in California on Saturday
Hopeless: In the minutes after the crash, Walker's friends arrived on the scene and desperately tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers and reach their friend
VIN DIESEL ADDRESSES TRIBUTE CROWDS
The Fast & Furious star spoke to gathered crowds through a police car loudspeaker.
He said: 'If my brother were here right now and saw all the love that you're bringing here. If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time. That his family gets to see all of you show the love that you've shown Paul. It's going to stay with me forever.
'I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him. It's going to stay with me for ever.'
The witness who spoke to the Hollywood reporter said that the fire was already burning when he and the star's friends arrived to try and battle the blaze.
'There were pieces of the car that flew into the parking lot next to the tree. Also, the front fascia of the building next to the crash was about three stories tall and made of glass,' said the driver to the Hollywood Reporter.
'I looked up and saw the crash broke the window at the top of the building.
'I thought, 'That must have been a sizeable crash.'
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Cohen had told CNN that authorities received a phone call tip on Sunday suggesting that another car was at the scene when the Porsche slammed into a light pole and burst into flames. The crash site was reportedly a popular site for drag racing.
Paul Walker crash scene moments after fatal accident
Speed claim: In an interview conducted while he was driving in Japan in 2011, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker claimed to have driven at a top speed of 185mph on the freeway
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 Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
But after Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station traffic investigators ruled out a second vehicle at the crash the probe will now center on the speed of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Paul's racing team partner and friend Roger.
Indeed, as a security tape put up on TMZ shows the massive fiery moment of impact - and the website reports: 'There appears to be no other cars either immediately in front of or behind the Porsche at the time of the crash.'
Breaking News: Fast & Furious Star Paul Walker Killed In Fiery Car Crash
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In this tragic photograph actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast & Furious action movies, is seen stepping into his friend Roger Rodas' Porsche GT just moments before the horrendous crash in which the pair lost their lives
The high-powered super-car, which was being driven by Rodas, burst into flames after it crashed into a pole and tree in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, at 3:30pm on Saturday.
The county coroner has revealed that the bodies of Walker and and his friend/business partner were so badly burned in the horrific incident that they are currently unidentifiable.
'There was a post-collision fire and bodies are not visually identifiable,' said L.A. County deputy coroner Dana Bee.
The L.A. County Coroner's office has requested dental records for both victims before they can identify the bodies. Autopsies on both bodies have been delayed until later this week, reports TMZ.
Walker, 40, who appeared in five of the six films about illegal street racing and heists, had been at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide before deciding to take the car, a cherry-red Porsche Carrera, out for a drive with his friend.
The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, had been taking place in a race car shop near the scene of the crash.
Walker was a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who enjoyed fast cars, surfing and outdoor pursuits. On his official Twitter account, he described himself as 'outdoorsman, ocean addict, adrenaline junkie ... and I do some acting on the side.'
‘He lived his life and he died fast and furious today. He loved speed, he loved cars, and he had to die this way. He died in a very fast car with his friend,’ Jim Torp, who was at the event, told the Daily News.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash.
Paul Walker, 40, was killed in the crash along with his friend and business partner Roger Rodas, right, who was driving. The star leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, left, who had recently moved to California from Hawaii to be closer to him
Fans gather and place flowers on Sunday at the scene of a fiery crash that killed Fast & Furious star Paul Walker in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles
Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
‘I don't know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,’ said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen.
The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m., about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held and where the speed limit is 45 mph.
Guests rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but the fireball had already engulfed the car.
Deputies arrived to find a vehicle on fire and once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
By Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.
The driver of the car has been identified as former race car driver Roger Rodas, 38, who was also Walker's financial adviser. The pair were friends and had been racing for several years before they began collaborating on Walker's finances.
Walker had been dating Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, 23, for the past seven years, relatives have said she is ‘broken up’ over his loss
Fans write remembrances, left, while leaving flowers, candles and even DVDs, right, at the scene of the crash that killed Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles on Saturday
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash and that up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns
Wreckage: Actor Paul Walker died in the crash alongside his friend after they decided to take the sports car out for a spin during a charity event
Horror crash: 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 Saturday, November 30, killing actor Paul Walker
The remains of the Porsche that Walker and his friend died in is taken away. The L.A. County Coroner has requested dental records for both victims before they can identify the bodies
Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, who had recently moved to California from Hawaii to be closer to him.
The actor was also dating Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, 23, when he died and she is ‘broken up’ over his loss, relatives have revealed.
Her uncle Barton Bruner said that she is being comforted by her mother Julie as she struggles to cope with the ‘horrible’ news.
Bruner said: ‘Paul was a really good guy and Jasmine is broken up by this. I went to Thanksgiving with him, played golf with him.
‘They had their ups and downs but they were together and looking to spend a bright future together.
‘This is horrible news and unexpected. Her mother is with her and she is comforting her’.
Across social media sites, fans have been posting a quote - 'If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling' - attributed to Walker
A memorial for Paul Walker: Fans have been paying their respects to the Fast and Furious actor at the scene of the crash, he died on Saturday afternoon along with his friend Roger Rodas
Walker reportedly started dating Pilchard-Gosnell when she was just 16, meaning he would have been 33, an age gap of 17 years.
She was supposedly beginning to become the step-mother to Walker’s daughter, even though she is only 10 years older.
The star's representatives and official Facebook page have confirmed his death.
Ame Van Iden, Walker's publicist, said in an email: 'Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident.'
The actor's official Facebook page was also updated with the message: '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.
'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.'
Since the crash, fans and people wishing to pay their respects have left messages of condolence as well as candles and flowers at the site of the crash.
Across social media sites, fans have been posting a quote - 'If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling' - that is attributed to Walker.
High powered: The cherry-red Porsche Carrera GT that Paul Walker died in on Saturday afternoon when his friend apparently lost control of the vehicle, hitting a light pole
THE OTHER VICTIM: WALKER'S FRIEND AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATE
The driver of the car that killed Paul Walker has been identified as former race car driver Roger Rodas, 38, who was also Walker's financial adviser.
The pair were friends and had been racing for several years before they began collaborating on Walker's finances.
Rodas had helped Walker establish his Reach Out Worldwide charity, after creating his own foundation to support widows and orphans in his native El Salvador.
Rodas was also the CEO of Always Evolving, the car customization shop where Saturday's charity event had been taking place. Walker was an investor in the business.
It is believed the pair were leaving the event when the crash occurred.
While at the event, Walker and Rodas decided to take the Porsche GT out for a spin.
One witness, Jim Tort, who was at the event told the NY Daily News, Rodas' eight-year-old son tried to save his dad.
'I ran over afterwards, I was trying to find Roger's son.
'I found out his son had jumped the fence and gone over. He was trying to get his dad out.
Coroner Ed Winters said the bodies were so badly burned they would take days for them to be positively identified.
Witnesses at the crash scene posted a video of the scene on YouTube showing debris from the wreckage while emergency workers cordoned off the area. Photographs also show a burnt out shell of a car.
Friends of the star told a local newspaper they 'went through fire extinguishers' in a futile bid to fight the blaze that engulfed the car after the crash.
Antonio Holmes told the Santa Clarita Signal: 'We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and immediately went to the vehicle. It was engulfed in flames. There was nothing.
'They were trapped. Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried.'
Holmes added: 'Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts...
'We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help.
'When we saw Paul and Roger leave, Paul was the passenger in the vehicle. They both were experienced drivers.
'This was just a tragic accident that happened on a joyride,' said witness Jim Torp of Santa Clarita.
Tragic: One witness, Jim Tort, said that one of those people on the scene who witnessed the crash and attempted to help the men was Roger Rodas' eight-year-old son
Aftermath: Firefighters attend the scene where Paul Walker died when the car he was a passenger in crashed into a pole and a tree
Engulfed: This witness photo shows the Porsche completely engulfed by flames after the driver lost control, hitting a pole and killing himself and Paul Walker
Desperate: Bystanders desperately tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but the fire was too strong
Crash site: Sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of the Porsche sports car that crashed into a pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia
A friend lost: Tech entrepreneur and author Bill Townsend posted this picture of himself with Paul Walker taken hours before the actor's tragic death in a car accident in California
Touching: Ludacris posted this tribute to tragic co-star Paul Walker on his Facebook page on Saturday
His 'Fast & Furious' co-star Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: 'Brother I will miss you very much'
WALKER WAS DUE ON SET NEXT WEEK: WHAT NEXT FOR THE FAST & FURIOUS FRANCHISE?
Following the tragic death of Paul Walker, the entire future of the extremely popular Fast & Furious franchise hangs in limbo.
Walker had been scheduled to fly to Atlanta this week to resume filming, with TMZ reporting that he was supposed to be filming some 'key scenes' for the latest film in the highly successful franchise.
Filming will now grind to a halt following the untimely death of Walker, who played lead character Brian O’Conner in six of seven film installments.
Universal - the studio behind the movie - doesn't know when, or if, they will start shooting again although if it does go ahead the script will require a significant rewrite to explain the loss of such an integral character.
The last film, released in May, was the most lucrative of them all, grossing more than $788 million worldwide.The one sequel that Walker didn't appear in The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) was the least successful.
The seventh installment of the street racing series, also due to star Jordana Brewester, Vin Diesel, Michele Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson, was scheduled for a July 2014 release.
Director James Wan tweeted that he was ‘beyond heartbroken’ and was unable to ‘process anything’ in the hours following the 40-year-old star's death.
The last post to Walker’s Twitter profile before his accident on Saturday was dated Nov. 29, and included a still from what appeared to be the set of Fast & Furious 7 and a message that read 'The boys are back. Will you be ready?'
Walker had recently joked that he would continue working on the long-running film franchise until 'Fast & Furious 66'.
Walker and co-star Vin Diesel in a scene from Fast & Furious 6: The deceased star had appeared in all but one of the highly successful franchise and had recently begun work on the seventh installment
In the 'Fast & Furious', the blond-haired, blue-eyed actor played Brian O'Conner, a law enforcement official and starred in all but one of the six action blockbusters which began in 2001.
He was born in Los Angeles and brought Californian surfer good-looks and an easy, warm charm to the popular street-racing series.
'All of us at Universal are heartbroken,' Universal Pictures said in a statement.
'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 Furiousfilms, and to countless fans.'
His 'Fast & Furious' co-star Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: 'Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless.'
Another co-star, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, also took to social media to convey his condolences. Johnson also posted an old photo of him and the late Walker.
The son of a fashion model and a sewer contractor, Walker grew up in a working class, Mormon Los Angeles household.
The oldest of five siblings, Walker's mother began taking him to auditions as a toddler.
He was a child model from the age of two and starred in a Pampers commercial when he was a toddler.
Paul Walker dies in fiery car crash aged 40
Heartthrob: Walker was a child model and the face of Davidoff Cool Water, appearing in print commercials for the brand
Walker was born in Glendale, California, and raised in the San Fernando Valley area with his four siblings.
He previously said the early induction to show business wasn't to kick start his career but a way to help provide for the family.
After a string of TV roles as a child in the 1980s, Walker made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy Meet the Deedles.
Supporting roles in films Pleasantville, Varsity Blues and She's All That followed.
His performance in the 2000 thriller The Skullscaught the eye of producer Neal H. Moritz, who cast him in the Fast & Furious as undercover police officer Brian O'Conner.
Adapted from a Vibemagazine article about underground street races, the film became an unexpected hit.
In the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Walker moved to centre stage with his co-star Vin Diesel momentarily dropping out.
Walker, a self-described 'gearhead,' kept his character's sports car from the film.
Other roles include Brokedown Palace, Flags of Our Fathers and the Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, which is set to be released in December.
Although his stardom didn't make as much of an impact outside the Fast & Furious series, Walker continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator.
Too soon: Paul Walker with co-star Vin Diesel (right) in the 2001 film The Fast & the Furious and with Ludacris (left) in the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious
Tragic ending: Walker starred in Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of the franchise in 2009 (left) and the next one, Fast Five (right) in 2011
Early days: Walker as a young child (left) and pictured in Village Christian High School yearbook in 1991, the year he was voted 'Best Hair'
Jesse Brisendine, an internationally recognized life coach, wrote on Facebook: ‘3 years ago Paul Walker and I were sitting around talking about goals and dreams.
‘I asked him what he would want written on his tombstone and his response was “He was a good guy and a kind person.”
‘Having known Paul and being privileged to call him a best friend and brother, having traveled the world together, having shared 1000's of laughs and tears together, I can honestly say that Paul was more than a good guy and a kind person,’ he wrote.
The post continued: ‘He is one of the kindest, caring, compassionate people I have ever met. He always wanted to learn, he always wanted to grow, he always wanted to be the best person he can be.
‘I know he would want the same for all those who know him and know of him: to do your best to be the best person you can be.'
Hollywood stars have paid tribute to the actor, including rapper and actor Ludacris, who tweeted his shock and sadness at his Fast & Furious co-star's untimely death.
Alongside a touching picture of the film's cast holding hands, he wrote: 'Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark.
'We were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.'
Outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, Walker's movies included Varsity Blues with James Van Der Beek, left, (1999) and Into The Blue (2005) with Jessica Alba
Animal lover: Walker at the premiere of his film Eight Below (left) said the best thing about the film was the dogs. The star had two dogs, including a Chesapeake Bay retrieve called Boone
'No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No,' tweeted actress Alyssa Milano. Walker guest-starred with her in the 80s comedy, Who's The Boss? 'Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP.'
Actress Goldie Hawn said: 'Our family mourns the loss of Paul. A very special Human being. Our prayers go his beloved family.'
Bring It On star Gabrielle Union said: 'This is awful. Awful. #RIPPaulWalker pls pray for his family, friends & fans. We've lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father.'
The Wire actor Michael B Jordan said: 'Man life is so short. People you care about can be here one min and gone the next Don't take life for granted RIP Paul Walker.'
TV host Vanessa Lachey said: 'I just heard and am in shock. Prayers to Paul Walker's family. Life is precious, never take a day for granted. #RIPPaulWalker'
Castmates: Paul Walker with Tyrese Gibson (left), Vin Diesel (center left), and Ludacris (right) at the premiere of Fast & Furious 5 in Brazil, 2011
Tribute: Walker's death was announced on his Facebook page with this message
James Franco said: 'Much love to paul walker. So sad. He gave a lot of joy.'
Mario Lopez, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jack Osborne and DMX also tweeted about the death.
Walker's death came just days after he was the victim of an online death hoax.
The actor will star in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama, Hours, which Lionsgate's Pantelion Films is to release December 13.
He also stars in Brick Mansions, a remake of the French action film District B13 in post-production that Relativity plans to release next year.
Relativity President Tucker Tooley said in a statement: 'Paul was an incredibly talent artist, devoted philanthropist and friend,'
Walker formed Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to aid people struck by natural disasters.
Bill Townsend, a friend of Walker's who attended the fundraiser, said: 'He was very happy. He was smiling at everybody, just tickled that all these people came out to support this charity. He was doing what he loved. He was surrounded by friends, surrounded by cars.'
Paul Walker, 40, died in a car accident in California on Saturday afternoon. Here, Walker attends the "Fast & Furious 6" world premiere in London, England, on May 7.
Actor Paul Walker — a self-styled adrenaline junkie best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies — was killed Saturday in a fiery single-car wreck in Southern California.
The 40-year-old Walker was riding in a Porsche GT about 3:30 p.m. when the driver lost control and slammed into a post or a tree in Santa Clarita TMZ reported.
Moments later, the car burst into flames.
Paul Walker, who visited "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on May 24, died Saturday in a single car accident in Santa Clarita Saturday.
It was not clear what caused the accident, authorities said.
Walker was in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, for a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident,” read a message posted on his Facebook page. “He 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.”
A sheriff's deputy at the scene of a crash in Valencia, Calif., where Paul Walker and another person were killed when a Porsche crashed Saturday.
One witness said he tried to put the fire out and recognized Walker’s body inside, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
Another spectator at the crash site said Walker had been taking a “joyride” with a close friend.
A Porsche GT like the one Paul Walker was driving at a car show in California when he died Saturday, according to TMZ. Walker was raising money for typhoon victims in the Philippines.
“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts,” said Antonio Ho;mes who said he's a friend of Walker's.
“We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help.”
The crash occurred on Rye Canyon Loop, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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From left to right: Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Paul Walker, Justin Lin, Elisa Pataky, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson and Ssung Kang attend the world premiere of "Fast & Furious 6" in London, England, on May 7.
Responding deputies found the vehicle “engulfed in flames,” according to a sheriff’s department release.
Paul Walker in "2 Fast 2 Furious." The franchise was his most well-known work.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze — and then found two victims in the charred wreckage. They were pronounced dead on the scene.
The agency would not release the victims’ names — or confirm whether Walker was one of them.
In a grim twist, Walker’s death came just days after he was the victim of an online death hoax. Several celebs and journalists took to Twitter hoping the new reports were another sick joke.
"The Fast and the Furious" cast members Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez (left to right) arrive at the world premiere of the film on June 18, 2001, in Los Angeles. The franchise had seven total films.
“Praying this Paul Walker story is not true,” wrote longtime NBA reporter Chris Palmer.
“Might have to watch The Fast & The Furious tonight. Gonna be a tear in my eye. RIP Paul Walker.”
Paul Walker in "Vehicle 19."
Walker, who was raised a Mormon in the Los Angeles suburb of Sunland-Tujunga, entered show business when he was just a toddler. He scored roles in popular TV shows, including “Highway to Heaven,” and “Who's the Boss?”
His film career took off after he snagged a supporting role in the 1999 hit “Varsity Blues.”
Walker leaves behind a daughter, Meadow, 15, who moved to California from Hawaii a few years ago to be closer to her dad. In His last tweet on twitter, Walker posted a photo of him standing with co-stars Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson.
Paul Walker, as agent Brian O'Conner, leans against his 1998 Nissan Skyline GTR in a scene from "Fast & Furious."
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