SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed two people north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

“We … are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news,” the statement said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said that deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Santa Clarita Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.

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.

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