SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A publicist for actor Paul Walker says the star of the "Fast and the Furious" movie series has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40.
Ame Van Iden says Walker died Saturday afternoon.
A statement on Walker's Facebook page said Walker was a passenger in a friend's car, and that the crash happened while he was attending a charity event.
The statement, which was posted early Saturday evening, read:
"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. "
Celebrity website TMZ.com first reported that the actor died in a fiery crash, citing multiple sources.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said the crash happened in community of Valencia. The Santa Clarita Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.
Walker was working on the latest "Fast and the Furious" movie at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, "Hours," a movie that is set for release this month.