Paul Walker killed in California car crash, rep confirms

SANTA CLARITA, CA - Actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash in California, his representatives have confirmed.

TMZ.com first reported that the 40-year-old actor best known for his role in the "Fast & Furious" movies died in a single-vehicle crash in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles.

According to the Associated Press, the crash happened in the community of Valencia. The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reports a Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.

Walker and another person in the car were killed.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m., according to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

The message below was posted on Walker's Facebook page :

"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 "

Walker is the star of a movie scheduled for release December 13. "Hours" is an independent film about a father struggling to keep his newborn infant alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to CNN.

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