Actor Paul Walker, known for his roles in the "Fast and the Furious" movies, died on Saturday in a car crash in Southern California, his publicist said.
"Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident," Ame Van Iden, Walker's publicist, said in an email.
A message linked to Walker's Twitter account, "@RealPaulWalker," said Walker, 40, died as a passenger in a friend's car while attending an event for a charity organization.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that there had been a car accident involving two fatalities in Valencia, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, at about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET).
When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle engulfed in flames. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.
The office did not provide the identities of the dead, and said the cause was under investigation.
Here is an update posted on Paul Walker's official Facebook page on Sunday morning:
"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."
Friends and fans of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker have taken to social media to share their grief over his death. Walker's own publicist used his twitter handle to announce his death.
View gallery below on the Twitter reactions from celebrities such as Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Justin Bieber: