Actor PAUL WALKER was killed in a HORRIFIC car crash on Saturday afternoon. He was just 40 years old.
Paul was most famous for starring in the "Fast and the Furious" movies. He played Brian O'Conner in all the movies except the THIRD one, "Tokyo Drift". Here's what you need to know:
Paul was in Valencia, California . . . just north of Los Angeles . . . to attend an event his charity organization was putting on for typhoon victims in the Philippines.
The event was co-sponsored by a high-performance car shop called Always Evolving, which is owned by a former race car driver named Roger Rodas. Roger was a close friend of Paul's, and Paul was an investor in his shop.
At around 3:00 P.M., Paul and Roger decided to go for a joy ride in Roger's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT . . . in an industrial park near the shop.
But Roger lost control, they crashed into a light pole, and the car immediately EXPLODED. Roger and Paul were both killed instantly.
Employees from the shop heard the crash and rushed over . . . but they couldn't put out the fire. The fire department eventually got there and put it out, but by that point the car was burnt to the point of being unrecognizable.
The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says speed was a factor. A 45 mile per hour speed limit sign was attached to the light post they hit.
A witness to the wreckage said, quote, "It was clear the car had hit two trees then finally hit a street lamppost. Parts of the car were strewn everywhere on the street, as far as 150 feet."
"I didn't see any skid marks. Where the car had crashed was on a long straightaway. How fast they were going, I don't know."
The road near the crash site showed burned rubber and doughnut marks. But officials don't know if the marks in the road are related to the crash. Since this was just outside the car shop, there may have been other "joy rides" in the area.
Paul's 15-year-old daughter Meadow was at the charity event . . . along with Roger's eight-year-old son . . . and both may have witnessed the crash.
Paul's other movies include "Eight Below", "Into the Blue", "She's All That", "Running Scared", "Flags of Our Fathers","Varsity Blues" and "Joy Ride".
Here's the statement Paul's people made on his Facebook page, confirming his death:
"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."
(TMZ has video from right after the crash, where you can see the car in FLAMES, and witnesses talk about how they can see a body inside. It has some bleeped profanity.)