UPDATE: Paul Walker’s Family Releases Statement [VIDEO]

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Actor Paul Walker, best known for his roles in Fast and the Furious and Takers, has died in a fiery 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.

Walker also starred in Varsity Blues and Flags of Our Fathers.

A source close to the actor confirmed his death to Variety.

Walker is survived by his partner Rebecca and daughter Meadow.

See Walker discuss his role as “John Rahway” in Takers below:

See Walker in a 2011 Ellen interview below:

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UPDATE — 10:17 P.M. ET, 11/30/13:

“Sadly I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon,” Walker’s rep Ame Van Iden said.

From Paul Walker’s Facebook fan page:

New Regency, the studio behind Fast and the Furious, also tweeted their condolences:

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UPDATE — 11:39 PM ET, 11/30/13: 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.

Tyrese; Paul Walker

Universal Studios released the following statement:

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the studio said in a statement issued Saturday night. “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.”

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Celebrities react to Walker’s death below:

Vin Diesel; Paul Walker

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

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.

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

The 8-year-old son of the driver of the car, former race car driver Roger Rodas (pictured with Walker below), reports HollywoodLife.com.

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

UPDATE: 12/1/13, 3:07 PM ET

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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UPDATE: 12/2/13, 8:41 PM ET:

“Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Though Deputy Mark Pope said that he did not know how fast the Porshe Carrera GT was traveling when it slammed into the light pole, sources close to the investigation claim that authorities believe the vehicle was traveling over 100 mph.

UPDATE: 12/3/13, 7:12 PM ET:

Paul Walker’s family released the following statement through the actor’s Facebook page:

Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.

Its comforting for them to know that the son, brother, and father they love so much is equally adored, respected, and appreciated by so many. Paul founded the organization with the genuine desire to help others, and it’s important to his family to keep his memory alive through ROWW.

“I’m just … glad, that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him. And he would say the same thing to me,” said Walker’s father, Paul Walker, Sr to CBS2’s Greg Mills.

“His heart was so open,” Walker Sr. continued. “I was proud of him every day of his life.”

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