Nightly News   |  December 01, 2013

Fiery car crash kills ‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker

The 40-year-old actor was the face of the uber successful “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, which has several installments. Paul Walker died Saturday in a car crash.  NBC’s Joe Fryer reports.

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>>> paul walker loved cars and speed. the actor found a perfect role on the popular " fast and furious " films. so there was some irony with the tragic news that he died this weekend at a car crash in southern california . we get more from nbc's reporter.

>> reporter: it was fast and furious , the high octane racing movie franchise that launched paul walk entire worldwide fame. then in a tragic twist, it was a fiery crash in valencia, california, that marked the end of his life.

>> the vehicle hit a tree and a light pole. from my understanding, burst into flames.

>> reporter: walker's publicist confirmed what is posted on his facebook page. that the 40-year-old actor was a passenger in the red porsche that was driven by his friend. speed may have been a factor. today the crash scene became a memorial for fans.

>> we found out, it was just devastating news.

>> reporter: walker who has a teenage daughter, had just attend ad charity event for his own disaster relief organization, reach out worldwide. he and his co-stars recently urged fans to help victims of the philippines typhoon.

>> there are people without homes, people without food, people without water.

>> reporter: walker's on camera career started at age 2.

>> i think you're just about the keenest girl in the whole school.

>> reporter: he later started in movies like pleasantville and into the blue . but the blockbuster fast and furious franchise changed everything.

>> when it took off, he was very thankful to become a part of this and it sort of elevated him to a different level.

>> reporter: the co-star posted a picture with walk order instagram writing, brother, i will miss you very much. i am absolutely speechless. a sentiment shared by waves of fans now remembering walker for his action-packed role and heart for charity.