US actor Paul Walker, who starred in the fast & Furious series of action films, has been killed in a vehicle crash in California.

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Walker, 40, to be a passenger in a Porsche sports automobile driven through a friend - who additionally died - as soon as it crashed phibìc of Los Angeles.


He starred in all yet one that the movies in the fast & Furious franchise, the sixth of which opened in May.


The Los Angeles county Sheriff's department stated the crash occurred in the ar of Valencia.


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It stated deputies discovered a car engulfed in flames as soon as they comment to a report of a collision. Two civilization found in the auto were express dead in ~ the scene.


"It is v a truly hefty heart the we should confirm that Paul walker passed away this day in a tragic auto accident when attending a charity event for his organization Reach out Worldwide," the declare on the actor's Facebook web page said.


"He to be a passenger in a friend's car, in i m sorry both lost their lives. We... Are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.''


Universal Pictures additionally issued a statement, saying studio staff were "heartbroken" through Walker's death.


"Paul to be truly among the most beloved and also respected members of ours studio family for 14 years, and also this loss is terrible to us, come everyone affiliated with the quick & Furious films, and to countless fans.


Diesel claimed in a article on Instagram: "Brother ns will miss out on you really much. I am certain speechless. Heaven has got a brand-new Angel. Rest in Peace."


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Image caption, Walker's co-star Vin Diesel (left) stated the actor's death had left him 'speechless'

Another fast & Furious star, the rapper Ludacris, wrote: "Your humble heart was felt native the start, where you blessed your existence you constantly left a mark, us were prefer brothers."


After drifting away from acting, he obtained his large break when a spreading director remembered him from years before, tracked the down and gave that a role in the TV collection Touched by one Angel.


Walker later on won a recurring component in the soap The Young and the Restless before moving on come supporting duties in teen movies in the so late 1990s with Varsity Blues, She's all That and also The Skulls.


After the success the the very first Fast & Furious film, Walker came to be the leading man for the second instalment once Vin Diesel to reduce out.


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Diesel later on returned, however, and also the six-film franchise has actually earned an approximated $2.4bn (£1.5bn) at global box offices. The series has not shed its appeal, with the latest instalment, the sixth, the most rewarding so far.


The saturday instalment started filming in September but has not been completed. It had actually been reserved for release in July.

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Another forthcoming movie is Brick Mansions, a work again, please again of the French activity film district B13, because that film studio Relativity.


Relativity president Tucker Tooley said in a statement: "Paul was an extremely talented artist, devoted philanthropist and also friend."