Paul Walker, best known for his portrayal of Brian O’ Connor in the Fast and Furious franchise died in a car crash at the weekend.
CNN online reported the star was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT, driven by friend Roger Rodas who owned a custom car shop in Santa Clarita, California called Always Evolving.
The two were reportedly en-route to a charity event when the Porsche hit a light pole, subsequently bursting into flames. Universal Pictures released a statement describing all at the studios as “heartbroken” by the news.
“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,” the release said.
American broadcaster ABC reported on their online platform that both Walker and Rodas were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. Jim Torp, a friend of Walker was quoted as saying “We heard the crash, we heard the explosion, and we got up there as quick as we could to find out what it was”. Torp explained that their efforts, despite using fire extinguishers, were in vain.
Hollywood stars sympathised on the Twittersphere. Tyrese Gibson, who co-starred next to Walker in 2 Fast, 2 Furious posted “Not just a family on camera, we were a real family.” Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, Tweeted “All my strength, love and faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. Love you brother”.
While best known for his role in the Fast and Furious series, Walker enjoyed numerous roles outside the franchise. He made his debut in 1986 in the film, Monster in the Closet. Walker will also star in Brick Mansions, directed by Luc Besson, which will be released posthumously.