It is with great sadness that we announce that Paul Walker, Fast and Furious star, has passed away at the age of 40 on Saturday afternoon. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene of a violent single car accident in Santa Clarita, California after a Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in caught fire after losing control and crashing into a tree.
Paul was attending a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide and was home for the holidays from the set of Fast and Furious 7.
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.”
Many stars that have worked with Walker took to social media to express their condolences (USA TODAY):
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.”
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”
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.
From the StanceCoalition family, we send our condolences to the family and friends of Paul. He was an amazing person and actor who changed the automotive industry.