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Paul Walker dies in car crash

Actor Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast And The Furious movie series, has died in a car crash near Los Angeles. He was 40.

Publicist Ame Van Iden says Paul died on Saturday afternoon. No further details were released.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said two people were killed in a car crash.

Witnesses told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal that the actor was behind the wheels of a red Porsche. Photos from the scene show a pile of twisted metal and broken windows.

Paul was working on the latest Fast And The Furious film at the time of his death.

He also starred in the suspense drama Hours, a film that is set for release this month.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said: "There was a fatal traffic collision in Valencia.

"The sheriff is investigating. There were two victims, the identities of the victims are not known. The identities are going to be released by the office of the coroner."

Tthe Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff tweeted: "The cause of the collision is under investigation by traffic investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The Office of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner will determine the identities and the cause of death of the victims."

A spokesman for Universal Pictures, the studio behind the Fast and Furious movies, told the Hollywood Reporter:

"All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."

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