Paul Walker of ‘Fast and Furious’ Dies in Car Crash

Paul Walker, a star of “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise, has died after a car crash.

According to the Associated Press, a publicist said Walker passed away after a car crash in California. A publicist confirmed the actor’s death to the Journal. Walker was 40 years old.

The actor’s Twitter account posted a link to the following note: “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. – #‎TeamPW”

Born Paul William Walker IV in Glendale, Calif., Walker starred in such films as “Varsity Blues,” “Into the Blue” and “Takers,” but it was “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001 that won him his greatest fame. The movie, which spawned several sequels, featured high-powered vehicles, car chases and street-racing scenes.

“Fast & Furious 6″ has taken in $238,679,850 at the box office so far, according to Box Office Mojo.

The news that Walker had died after a car crash spurred stunned tributes to him on Twitter from friends and fellow actors.

“Paul Walker is the reason I wanted to drive a car in the first place,” one tweet said.

50 Cent Hospitalized After Serious Car Crash

A serious car wreck left 50 Cent hospitalized with possible injuries to his neck and back, according to a website affiliated with the rapper, This is 50.

The crash involved his SUV and a mack truck, apparently.

It happened early this morning on the Long Island Expressway just outside N.Y. City. The truck rear-ended 50’s SUV, which “almost flipped over.”

The star was taken a nearby hospital, where, according to the site, doctors ran tests on his neck and back. Fortunately, he checked out fine.

A rep for Curtis Jackson (50’s real name) confirms:

“He was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was treated for minor neck and back injuries. He was released this morning and is doing fine.”

Good to hear. Hopefully he recovers quickly and fully from the scary incident. In other 50 news, the rapper recently quashed his beef with Oprah.