Paul Walker has died at the age of 40 after he was involved in a single-car accident and explosion in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Saturday afternoon, according to TMZ.
The “Fast and the Furious” actor was reportedly in a Porsche with another person when the unidentified driver lost control and slammed the vehicle into a tree. The car burst into flames at the scene. Both were killed at the time.
“Sources close to Paul tell us he was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort, and had been taking friends out for rides in his new Porsche GT,” reports TMZ. “The accident happened during one of those test spins.”
“At the conclusion of the accident the vehicle struck a light standard and the whole car was burned,” a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal was also reporting on the incident:
Spectators gathered at the scene, and several said the driver was the star of “The Fast and the Furious” series of films. One witness at the scene said he tried to put the fire out and recognized Walker inside the vehicle.
Walker is said to have business ties to Always Evolving Performance Motors, located down Constellation from the scene of the crash. Always Evolving hosted an open house and car meet on Saturday.
Walker and the cast of “The Fast and Furious” were in the middle of filming the seventh movie of the series.
While promoting his latest film “Hours” earlier this month, Walker revealed that his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, recently moved to live with him last year after living with her mother in Hawaii.