Sitting in the passenger seat of a Porsche, the actor could not do anything when the driver, his friend Roger Rodas, lost control and the vehicle crashed into a tree.
“When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames,” the police said in a statement, according to People. “The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.”
“This is an ongoing investigation,” Deputy Heischuber of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told the magazine. “A solo car crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the city of Santa Clarita, on the outskirts of Valencia. A 911 call came in from a bystander.”
Walker’s death was later confirmed by a tweet on his verified account: “It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident.”
According to a post on his official Facebook page, the actor had been “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.”
Paul Walker rose to fame in the role of Brian O’Connor, an undercover agent who infiltrated in the middle of illegal racing in the films of the successful saga Fast and Furious.
Filming of the seventh episode of Fast and Furious, directed by James Wan, began last September.
Note: This is not a rumor!