TMZ is reporting that actor Paul Walker, 40, is dead in a car accident.
Walker - best known for his role in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise - died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California.
The accident happened in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, and according to multiple sources connected to Paul, the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree, and then the car burst into flames.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station confirms in a statement that there were two fatalities in a traffic collision at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday. When deputies arrived, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles Country Fire Department estinguished the flames, and two victims were prononced dead at the scene. The Coroner's Office is currently determining the identities of the victims, and the collision is still under investigation.
Sources said he was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort, and had been taking friends out for rides in his new Porsche GT. The accident happened during one of those test spins. It is being widely reported that he was not the driver at the time of the accident.
A native of Glendale, Calif., Walker first broke out in Hollywood in the late 90s films Pleasantville and Varsity Blues. He then went on to appear in She's All That, The Skulls, and first joined the Fast and the Furious franchise in 2001. The actor reprised his role as Brian O'Conner in Fast & Furious 6 in 2013. Fast & Furious 7 was announced for a 2014 debut.
Walker was a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon BJJ.