Hollywood lost one of its brightest stars as the 40-year-old “Fast & Furious” actor, Paul Walker, lost his life in a tragic crash Saturday afternoon. According to multiple sources, the actor was in Santa Clarita, California, for a car show to support relief effort for Philippine typhoon victims. Walker and his friend/business partner Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche they were in, both died when Rodas reportedly lost control of the car.
The actor’s representative, Ame Van Iden released a statement, saying,
“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”
He was best known for his acclaimed work in the action franchise, “The Fast And The Furious”, in which he starred in five of the six movies, beginning with the very first film in June of 2001. Aside from his signature bright blue eyes and striking good looks, he was known for his humility, bravery and philanthropic endeavors.
According to ABC News, Universal released a statement,
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “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.“
Mr. Walker, unlike much of Hollywood, did not indulge in the party scene. He enjoyed the quiet life with his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.
In March, he told “Entertainment Weekly” that he didn’t feel entirely at ease in the limelight. “I’ve always been one foot in, one foot out of this game because I’m not comfortable with being on the pedestal or the poster,” he said. “That’s just not who I am. I’m more like the grunt. I want to be the guy behind the guy.”
Hollywood, and Walker’s family and friends are deeply saddened at this sudden loss. It’s a tragedy. Walker is survived by his daughter, Meadow. In addition to his daughter, Meadow, Walker is survived by his father, Paul Walker III; his mother, Cheryl Walker; two brothers, Cody and Caleb; and a sister, Ashley.
We here at Modern Fashionisto send our deepest condolences and prayers to all of those affected by Walker and Rodas’ death.
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