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<em>Fast & Furious</em> Star Paul Walker Is Dead

Just the Facts:
  • Actor Paul Walker died this afternoon in a fiery one-car crash.
  • Walker was reportedly the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT when it went out of control.
  • Sources say there are about seven weeks left in the filming schedule for the seventh Fast & Furious movie.

VALENCIA, California — Actor Paul Walker, 40, whose best known role has been that of Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious series of films was killed late this afternoon in a fiery one-car accident near his race shop, Always Evolving (AE) Performance. He was, according to his representatives in a Facebook post, the passenger in the car when it went out of control.

AE Performance was holding a Reach Out Worldwide charity open house to benefit victims of the recent disaster in the Philippines, along with gathering items for Toys for Tots. According to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal's Web site, the car involved was a red Porsche Carrera GT belonging to AE Performance. The driver of the Porsche was reportedly Roger Rodas, a co-founder of AE Performance and regular competitor in Time Attack and Pirelli World Challenge events.

Walker was currently filming the seventh film in the Fast & Furious series. Today sources told Edmunds there are about seven weeks left in the filming schedule. How this will affect completion of the film and its release during 2014 isn't known. Calls to NBC Universal haven't yet been returned.

Despite repeated attempts, Edmunds was unable to reach anyone at AE Performance to confirm other details of the crash. Understandably, those on the scene are grieving and reluctant to comment.

Walker leaves behind his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. Rodas is survived by his wife and two children.

Edmunds says: A sad day for movie fans and car enthusiasts alike.

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