The sad news about the accident was confirmed via Paul Walker’s official Twitter account @RealPaulWalker Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila time):
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013
According to Walker’s publicist, the actor was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide to boost the fund-raising campaign for victims of super typhoon Hainan/Yolanda in Southern Philippines on Saturday. After the event, he left the venue as a passenger in a friend’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
It was around 3:30 p.m. when the sports car that Walker and his friend, identified as Roger Rodas, are riding was seen crashing off the road and slammed into a tree in Santa Clarita. Some witness said the car burst into flames.
Here’s the message of Walker’s publicist on Facebook:
“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.”
Reach Out Worldwide is a charity organization founded by Walker in 2010 and according to its official Facebook page, it’s a “quick-response, mobile first aid organization aiding in rescue and recovery after major natural disasters around the globe.” Days before his death, Walker tweeted about the relief operations being done by his organization for the benefit of Yolanda victims:
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) November 19, 2013
Walker also encouraged his “Fast & Furious” co-actors to boost the relief efforts for Yolanda victims:
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) November 24, 2013
The action star was 40 years old.