vin-diesel-paulActor Paul Walker, best known for his roles in “The Fast and the Furious” and “Takers,” died in a car crash in Southern California, TMZ reports.

He was 40-years-old.

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The accident happened in Santa Clarita — north of Los Angeles — and according to multiple sources connected to Paul … the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.

Several of our sources — some who are still at the scene of the accident — tell us Paul and another person in the car were killed. Law enforcement is still on the scene, and we’re told the L.A. County Coroner’s Office is on the way.

At this point, it’s unclear what caused the accident, or who was behind the wheel when it happened. 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. The accident happened during one of those test spins.

Walker and the rest of the “Fast and Furious” cast had recently begun filming the seventh installment of the successful franchise.

Paul Walker’s “Fast & Furious” co-star Tyrese releases statement on his death:

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…#HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForeverWeJustCelebreatedYour40thBirthday….. My God… My God… I can’t believe I’m writing this.

therealvindiesel Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.

What horrible news #PaulWalker prayers go out to his family. You just never know…. Cherish each breath, it’s a gift

— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) December 1, 2013

Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,…

— Ludacris (@Ludacris) December 1, 2013

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.

Heartbreaking!! One of the most genuine & humble people I have EVER met in this industry.. A TERRIBLE loss, be at peace #PaulWalker

— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) December 1, 2013

#paulwalker – much love to paul walker. So sad. He gave a lot of joy.

— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 1, 2013

No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No. Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 1, 2013

My heart is crushed by the news that my friend Paul Walker passed away today. Prayers and light to his daughter and family right now.

— Michael Ealy (@MichaelEaly) December 1, 2013

Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters. ..A real life tragedy if there ever was one.

— Rachael Leigh Cook (@RachaelLCook) December 1, 2013

This is awful. Awful. #RIPPaulWalker pls pray for his family, friends & fans. We’ve lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2013

I’m a devastated right now. My prayers & condolences go out to Paul Walkers family & friends. He was a amazing talent & will truly b missed

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 1, 2013


— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 1, 2013

Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha.

— Ryan Phillippe (@RyanPhillippe) December 1, 2013

Thoughts and prayers tonight are with Paul Walker’s friends and family, especially his little girl. So sad. Very heavy heart tonight.

— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) December 1, 2013

I just remember him as being so effortlessly golden. He had that way about him, that “thing”… #rippaulwalker#TeamPW

— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) December 1, 2013

UPDATE: 12/1/13, 2:00 PM ET

Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, 15, releases statement on his death:

Meadow Walker instagram

Meadow was reportedly at the Reach Out Worldwide event — organized to raise money for Philippines disaster relief — with her father prior to the fatal accident. Also present was the 8-year-old son of the driver of the car, former race car driver Roger Rodas (pictured with Walker below), reports

TMZ has published their last footage of Paul Walker taken at LAX. The actor, smiling and gracious, talked about the future of the Fast and the Furious franchise:

“We’re going to do Fast and Furious 66…we’ll all be in wheelchairs. Well, I’ll be in a walker!”

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