Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker dead at 40 in fiery car crash

Rest in Peace, Paul Walker. You’ll be missed.

L’acteur américain Paul Walker meurt dans un accident de voiture

MIS À JOUR : 01-12-2013 05:18

-CRÉÉ : 01-12-2013 04:16

DISPARITION – Star de la franchise “Fast and Furious”, l’acteur Paul Walker a trouvé la mort samedi dans un accident de la circulation. Il avait 40 ans.

Paul Walker, 40 ans, tournait depuis septembre le 7e épisode de la saga “Fast and Furious”.  Photo : SIPA

 

C’était l’un des comédiens les plus populaires de sa génération. Paul Walker, 40 ans tout juste, a trouvé la mort samedi à bord d’une Porsche à Santa Clarita, au nord de Los Angeles, en Californie. D’après le site TMZ, qui diffuse une première photo du crash, une autre personne aurait trouvé la mort dans l’accident, le conducteur, selon toute vraisemblance. L’information a été confirmée par un porte-parole de la star de la saga Fast and Furious.

D’après TMZ, le comédien participait à un gala automobile, afin de lever des fonds en faveur des victimes du typhon aux Philippines. Paul Walker aurait prêté le volant de sa nouvelle Porsche GT à l’un de ses amis qui en aurait perdu le contrôle, venant percuter un arbre de plein fouet.

Un passionné de courses automobiles

La nouvelle, terrible, résonne de manière presque surréaliste avec la carrière du comédien, star de la franchise Fast and Furious depuis 2001. Dans cette série de films d’action à succès, Paul Walker incarnait Brian O’Conner, un jeune flic infiltré dans le milieu des courses automobiles clandestines. Il a joué dans cinq des six épisodes, dont le dernier, sorti cet été, est l’un des plus gros succès de l’année, avec 788 millions de dollars de recettes dans le monde.

Le tournage du 7e épisode, sous la direction du réalisateur James Wan, avait débuté en septembre dernier. On ne sait pas, pour l’heure, si Paul Walker avait tourné l’ensemble de ses scènes. L’acteur, papa d’une petite fille de 15 ans, était un passionné de courses automobiles. Il s’était notamment acheté la Nissan Skyline GT-R, qu’il pilotait dans 2 Fast 2 Furious, et réalisait lui-même de nombreuses cascades.

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Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker dead at 40 in fiery car crash

  • 3 HOURS AGO DECEMBER 01, 2013 2:07PM

The 40-year-old actor was killed when the driver of a Porsche he was a passenger in lost control and hit a telegraph pole in Valencia, north of Los Angeles, his publicist confirmed.

 

Police at the scene of the horrific crash near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia that killed actor Paul Walker.

Police at the scene of the horrific crash near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia that killed actor Paul Walker. Source:AP

 

LEAVE YOUR TRIBUTES TO PAUL WALKER BELOW

TMZ is reporting that actor Paul Walker has died in a car crash.

Actor Paul Walker has been killed in car crash north of Los Angeles, his publicist has confirmed.

The Santa Clarita Signa l reported that the red Porsche crashed into a telegraph pole and tree and burst into flames, killing Walker and the driver.

The actor’s death was confirmed in a statement posted on his official Twitter account and Facebook page.

It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident…MORE: http://t.co/9hDuJMH99M – #TeamPW

— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013

It’s hard to believe we have to say this. Rest in Peace, Paul Walker. You’ll be missed.

— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 1, 2013

Condolences to the family of Paul Walker. Our prayers are with him & his FF family at this difficult time. http://t.co/T3gdDo94cm

— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) December 1, 2013

The statement on the star’s Facebook page read: “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 organisation Reach Out Worldwide.

 

The wreckage of the crash in which actor Paul Walker and the driver were killed.  Picutre: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, D...

The wreckage of the crash in which actor Paul Walker and the driver were killed. Picutre: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Dan Watson Source: AP

“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.”

 

Born and raised in southern California, Walker started off as a child actor and model before getting his big break in 2001 in the original Fast and The Furious film.

He played Brian O’Conner, the rev-head in the franchise’s four highest-grossing films.

An avid car enthusiast, he performed many of his own stunts.

Paul Walker was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his...

Paul Walker was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. Source: Getty Images

Walker was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, Hours, which is set for release this month.

He is survived by his daughter Meadow.

Variety is reporting that authorities responded to the crash and found the car engulfed in flames.

Walker and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene.

There was initial confusion over news of the star’s death, with some claiming it was a hoax.

But his publicist confirmed the tragic news shortly after the reports.

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