Paul Walker dead at 40 after fiery crash

 LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Actor Paul Walker attends the "Fast & Furious 6" World Premiere at The Empire, Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

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Paul Walker, 40, reportedly died in a car accident in California on Saturday afternoon. Here, Walker attends the “Fast & Furious 6″ world premiere in London, England, on May 7.

“The Fast and the Furious” movie star Paul Walker, 40, has died in a car accident Saturday afternoon in southern California, reports TMZ.

The accident occurred in Santa Clarita — outside of Los Angeles — when Walker’s Porsche apparently lost control and crashed into a tree, TMZ reported. The car burst into flames and exploded.

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of the Porsche that crashed in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday. 

Dan Watson/Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of the Porsche that crashed in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday. 

Walker’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have confirmed the news.

From left to right: Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Paul Walker, Justin Lin, Elisa Pataky, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson and Ssung Kang attend the world premiere of "Fast & Furious 6" in London, England, on May 7.

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From left to right: Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Paul Walker, Justin Lin, Elisa Pataky, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson and Ssung Kang attend the world premiere of “Fast & Furious 6″ in London, England, on May 7.

Paul Walker in "2 Fast 2 Furious." The franchise was his most well-known work.

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Paul Walker in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” The franchise was his most well-known work.

A source close to the actor confirmed to Variety that he died in the crash as well.

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"The Fast and the Furious" cast members Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez (left to right) arrive at the world premiere of the film on June 18, 2001, in Los Angeles. The franchise had seven total films.

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“The Fast and the Furious” cast members Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez (left to right) arrive at the world premiere of the film on June 18, 2001, in Los Angeles. The franchise had seven total films.

The L.A. County Sherriff’s Office is still investigating and said the county’s coroner office will make any announcement. No one was immediately available for comment Saturday night.

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Authorities are still investigating but TMZ reported Walker and another person in the vehicle died in the one-car accident. It is unclear who was driving at the time, TMZ reports.

Authorities told TV Station CBS 2 in Los Angeles the crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. on the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. The identities of the victims have not been released, CBS News reported

Walker has been taking people on test drives of the car at a car show to raise money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, TMZ reported. 

The actor is best known for starring in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise that has seven total movies.

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