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.
On March 4, Demi Lovato will release a “Heart Attack” on the listening public.
The artist has teased the upcoming single from her upcoming album, telling fans it will be available on March 4 and causing #LovaticsAreHavingaHeartAttack to trend on Twitter.
Lovato has also unveiled an official trailer for the track, hyping it as a “celebration of life” and a way to see just “how rewarding it can be.”
Prepare for new Demi Lovato music and watch the teaser below:
Despite traveling to seven countries in seven days for her over-the-top 777 tour — which wrapped in NYC on Tuesday Nov. 20 — the Barbados-born pop star wasn’t content to stay in one place for the American holiday.
“All alone in my big ole jet!!! See u soon lover,” the “Diamonds” singer, 24, tweeted Wednesday beneath a shot in which she sits alone on a private plane. Her destination: Berlin, Germany, where on-and-off beau Brown, 23, had a Thursday concert for his Carpe Diem tour.
ndeed, as Thanksgiving arrived in the U.S., Rihanna tweeted, “#Berlin #CarpeDiem.” When Us Weekly’s Ian Drew, who was among the journalists traveling with Rihanna via chartered 777 jet on the tour, asked Rihanna about her holiday plans, she replied with a smile that she was planning a “quiet” meal with “friends.”
She and Brown were photographed at Berlin’s Adagio nightclub following his show.
On Tuesday, shortly after apologizing to the press and fans aboard her plane for the tour’s considerable hiccups — passengers were deprived of sleep, food and sunlight, with most press members not getting any quotes or interviews from the star — Rihanna looked back fondly on the tour.
“There were so many people on it . . . it was great!” she exclaimed in NYC. “It was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Pair to take over from Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for one season…
Pop stars Usher and Shakira have been confirmed as coaches for the next series of The Voice in the US – taking over from Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.
NBC has announced that the pair will start on the spring 2013 season of the show – which runs twice each year across the pond – but Xtina and Cee Lo will apparently be back in the autumn 2013 season.
Executive producer Mark Burnett explained: “Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour.
“Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans.
“Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.”
Aguilera’s seventh album Lotus is due for release in November this year and she explained why she needed a break from The Voice.
“Since this year NBC and The Voice have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for,” she said.
“By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on The Voice in the future.”
Cee Lo is working on a number of projects – including a sitcom based on his own life for NBC.
He said: “It’s great to also give a host of other talent the chance to experience what a joy it is to be part of what is truly the best show of them all, The Voice.
“I will return for season five and will be watching season four. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned – ‘mi casa su casa’.”
We hope you’re sitting down for this breaking celebrity news, Miley Cyrus has a new tattoo on her arm. Of a Theodore Roosevelt quote, obviously.
While heading out of a West Hollywood Pilates class on Tuesday, Cyrus sported her new ink, quoting “Citizenship in a Republic” by the former U.S. president.
The excerpt from the 1910 speech on Miles’ forearm reads: “So that his place shall never be with those cold, timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
No word if the Miley Cyrus tattoo man plans on adding similar ink in honor his young idol, but Miley isn’t alone in finding inspiration in Teddy’s words.
That particular speech of Roosevelt’s moved both Richard Nixon and Nelson Mandela, who quoted from it during pivotal moments in their own careers.
Nixon referenced it during his resignation, while Mandela used it to inspire South Africa’s rugby team to beat New Zealand at the historic ’95 World Cup.
Miley, meanwhile, will presumably use it at some point to send a stirring Tweet to her fans. She has not done so yet, amazingly … give it 45 minutes.