SANTA CLARITA, Ca. (CBSLA.com/KMOX) – Two people, including actor Paul Walker, were killed Saturday in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, California.
Authorities said the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found one vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
After the Los Angeles County Fire Department extinguished the blaze, two victims were found inside. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
A publicist for Walker later confirmed that the actor was among the two victims.
“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,” a spokesman said on Walker’s Facebook fan page. “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.”
The LA County Sheriff’s Traffic Services Detail is investigating the cause of the accident. Officials said the County Coroner will determine the official cause of death.
Reach Out Worldwide is a charity event to raise money for disaster relief in the Philippines.
Walker, 40, first gained fame in the 1999 film “Varsity Blues” and is best known for his work in the “Fast & Furious” trilogy.
The Associated Press reports Walker was working on the latest “Fast & Furious” movie and recently starred in the movie, “Hours” which will be released later this year.
Universal Pictures, the studio behind the “Fast & Furious” trilogy, released a statement on Walker’s death late Saturday evening.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. 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.”
Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.