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Actor Paul Walker dies in fiery car crash

He was attending a charity event intended to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Valencia, CA (WSYR-TV/CNN) - Paul Walker, an actor best known for his roles in the "Fast and Furious" films, died Saturday in a car crash in California.

He was 40 years old.

"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," according to a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Walker was a passenger in a friend's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and both were attending a charity event for his organization, in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.

The website for the charity said the Saturday event was intended to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said.

The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.
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