Paul Walker Dead at 40

Well, this is a damned shame: multiple sources are confirming that Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker is dead at 40.

While the details have been trickling in over the course of the evening here on the West Coast, it appears that Walker was killed in a car accident. That's the official word, anyway, from the actor's Facebook page:

It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while 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. - #TeamPW

Born in 1973, Walker got his start in a handful of TV roles throughout the 80's and 90's along with small parts in films like 1998's Pleasantville and Varsity Blues in '99. But it was his role as undercover cop-turned street racer Brian O'Conner in Universal's The Fast and the Furious that launched Walker's career. Walker grounded the amped-up machismo of the Fast films with an unexpected layer of sensitivity - the actor just came across as a nice guy onscreen, something that served him well in the dark, twisty urban thriller Running Scared in 2006, as well as Clint Eastwood's earnest WWII drama Flags of Our Fathers that same year.

Fast & Furious 7 is still listed as in production - it's not clear yet what remained of Walker's part in that film.

Our thoughts here at Twitch go out to Walker's friends and family.

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Well, this is a damned shame: multiple sources are confirming that Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker is dead at 40. "

    Sad news......really sad news.

    Walker did some great stuff over the years.....Joy Ride (2001), Timeline(2003), Eight Below(2006).

    One film where I liked the chemistry between him and Olivia Wilde was The Death and Life of Bobby Z(2007), the film itself being somewhat bland, uneven, but they were great.

    But course when speaking of Paul Walker........it´s always The Fast and the Furious franchise that springs to mind.

    Now, The Fast and the Furious is an ensemble piece, a team effort, you need all the players to make it work, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster etc.

    But Walker was an important cornerstone of this ensemble......

    I don´t know much about the accident, but I reminded of what Ben Mendelsohn says in The Place Beyond the Pines(2012)...."If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder."

    And what a lightning Walker must have been.......RIP, Walker and thanks.

  • Qinlong

    He was so underrated. In Running Scared, The Lazarus Project and a few others - hell, even in such fluff as Into The Blue he was pretty intense and intensely likeable. And apparently he was also a deeply kind man. What a waste.

  • Dave Baxter

    Yes, Running Scared is an overlooked gem, and Walker showed what we was capable of in it. "Intense and intensely likeable" is a great way to describe his screen presence. I was hopeful that the momentary confusion about the car crash reports being false would mean he was still alive and well, but argh, guess it's real. What a literally unbelievable way to go, given his resume.

  • From what I can tell the only 'confusion' was due to a 'satire' site faking a statement from Walker's reps saying it was a hoax. Which is an incredibly dick move.

  • Dave Baxter

    Yeah, I was following the news in real-ish time for a few hours yesterday, and it was indeed very confusing for a short while - I was convinced he wasn't dead for a brief bit, I can't even imagine what that might have been like if anyone who actually knew Paul might have been given false hope. The fact that it was done as "satire" is inane, and frankly evil in that thought-free way humanity is so awfully good at.

  • Yeah, it's just cruel. There's no call for it.

  • cuttermaran

    Rest in Peace bro

  • Mina Bontempo

    What a fantastic presence he was - and a very underrated and atypical actor. Vehicle 19, Hours, The Lazarus Project, Pawn Shop Chronicles, for all their flaws, were interesting films who cast upon him a particular light- his was by turns a melancholy, paranoiac figure, one that was utterly out of place and singular in the world of movies today.

    To put it more simply, his choices were intriguing, and I liked him for that.

  • arturo

    I was realy starting to enjoy the fast and furious franchise, was not a fan at the start but now i'm hooked, also Running Scared is a great movie, this is tragic.. So young what a waste..

  • That One Guy

    That's is how I feel about the Fast and the Furious franchise right now. Right when the movies had all their pieces together and something really amazing is happening, but to have it all back lashed with something with equal force.
    It's really sad. RIP.

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