Walker, 40, was the passenger of a Porche GT driven by friend Roger Rodas, a professional racer. They were leaving a charity event when the car hit a telephone pole and burst into flames. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, both men were pronounced deceased at the site. Speed was a factor in the crash, but other factors are unknown at this time.
A statement on Paul Walker’s Facebook page reads:
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
“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace” –Vin Diesel posted to his Instagram page along with the photo above.
“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” –Tyrese posted, along with this photo, to his Instagram page.
“All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.” –Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted.
“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.” –Ludacris
“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
“RIP Paul Walker,loved working with you on “Into the Blue”. I Will miss you.” –Tyson Beckford
“#RIP Paul Walker …. One of the nicest, most down to earth guys in the business. Glad I had the honor of know & work with such person” –Trevor Donovan
“Heavy heavy heart tonight. Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family.” –Olivia Wilde
“A very sad day indeed. R.I.P. Paul Walker. Our prayers are with you and your family.” –Zoe Saldana
“No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No. Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP” –Alyssa Milano
“Heartbreaking!! One of the most genuine & humble people I have EVER met in this industry.. A TERRIBLE loss, be at peace #PaulWalker” –Wilmer Valderrama
“Though I didn’t know him well, I did know Paul Walker to be one of the good guys. Obviously, he has been taken from us way too young. #RIP” –Nick Lachey
“So sad to hear about Paul Walker. He was my hero when I was in my teens. Super nice guy… crazy.” –Frankie Muniz
“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
“Paul Walker???? Oh my god. This is heartbreaking” –Kat Dennings
“Shocked & sad to hear about Paul Walker. Met him several times over the years- a hard worker & always kind. Prayers …” –Seth Green
“Spent time w/ Paul Walker in Rio for Fast &Furious.He’s one of those people the more time u spend with them, the more u like them. R.I.P.” –Nancy O’Dell
“RIP Paul Walker.. Eerie that the star of The Fast & The Furious died in a car accident.. God Bless his daughter” –Mario Lopez
“What horrible news #PaulWalker prayers go out to his family. You just never know…. Cherish each breath, it’s a gift” –LeAnn Rimes
“Sleep with the angels Paul. God bless you.” –Jaime King
“I grew up idolizing @Realpaulwalker I’m so saddened for his family and this stunning tragic loss …” –Aaron Carter
“What an unbelievably sad news. #RIPPaulWalker. My thoughts and prayers go to your loves ones” –Anne V.
“Wow. I’m kind of in shock about the news on Paul Walker. So sad and tragic. Prayers out to friends and family. #RIPPaulWalker” –Dave Annable’
“My heart broken for the loss of family friend @RealPaulWalker Such an amazing actor & person Sending thoughts and prayers to his family” –Marie Osmond
“I cannot believe Paul walker passed away. This is so tragic. What an incredibly kind human being to leave us so soon. Pray for his family.” –Alexa Vega