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Paul Walker

Dead at 40

In Fiery Car Crash

11/30/2013 5:50 PM PST UPDATED: 11/30/2013 9:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paul Walker -- best known for his role in "The Fast and the Furious" movies -- died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California ... TMZ has learned.

The accident happened in Santa Clarita -- north of Los Angeles -- and Paul was the passenger in the two-seater Porsche Carrera GT when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree ... and the car burst into flames.

Several of our sources -- some of whom were at the scene of the accident -- tell us a friend of Paul's was driving and was also killed in the fiery wreck.

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Cops say speed clearly played a major factor in the accident, but an exact cause has not been determined yet.

Paul was 40 years old. He leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter named Meadow.

Paul's rep tells us he was in Santa Clarita for a car show -- organized by Paul and his charitable organization Reach Out Worldwide -- to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

Several of his friends were attending the event ... which was very near to where the deadly accident happened.

One of Paul's friends talked to a TMZ photographer ... describing the scene ... and his efforts to save Paul from the burning car.

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Paul took a pic with a fan at the event earlier on Saturday, and the guy posted it ... noting how happy Walker was just hours before the crash.

The fan added, "The world lost an angel in Paul. He dedicated so much of his life to helping disadvantaged kids and people who are in need. I'm gonna do whatever I can to keep Paul's goals for the charity alive."

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46.

Starbugary    

R.I.P. Paul Walker...this is so reminiscent of Ryan Dunn, same kind of car, he hit a tree then it burst into flames, he was in the car with a passenger and both died...all gone too soon.

234 days ago
47.

Spider    

Don't drive Porsche.

234 days ago
48.

rircsoad    

Call me old-fashioned but I think it is incredibly insensitive to post the picture of the fiery car crash. C'mon, some family members are just finding out. I know you're reporting on celebrities and all but c'mon TMZ, have some sensitivity. I, for one, would hate to see a picture of my loved one's accident not even 6 hours after the fact. Especially one as gruesome as this.

234 days ago
49.

Raquel    

Omg. How sad is that.
RIP, Paul.

234 days ago
50.

TIFFANY    

Paul was an awesome actor, he was awesome and in Joy Ride and the first fast movie was my favorite. he will be missed. May he R.I.P

234 days ago
51.

fifi    

That is truly horrible. RIP. What a shame.

234 days ago
52.

Taylor    

My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. Especially sad considering we have just entered the holiday season. Paul seemed like an incredibly decent human being, and I am very saddened at his passing. 40 is simply too young, especially for a man who had lots more to give. I wish nothing but the best for his loved ones, and hope they can find the means to heal.

234 days ago
53.

Jack    

Sad. But he will not RIP unless Jesus Christ was his Lord and savior.

234 days ago
54.

Jack    

Sad. But he will not RIP unless Jesus Christ was his Lord and savior.

234 days ago
55.

Jack    

Sad. But he will not RIP unless Jesus Christ was his Lord and savior.

234 days ago
56.

Jack    

Sad. But he will not RIP unless Jesus Christ was his Lord and savior.

234 days ago
57.

kellie    

RIP Paul. You will be sorely missed. One hell of an actor and an amazing man.

234 days ago
58.

Jack    

Light Is Sweet - Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. (Ecclesiastes 11:7)

234 days ago
59.

will    

2 fast, 2 furious...

234 days ago
60.

Jack    

Light Is Sweet - Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. (Ecclesiastes 11:7)

234 days ago
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