Actor Paul Walker killed in crash

The Fast and the Furious star was killed in a car crash on his way to a charity benefit.

(L-R): Actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker and actress Jordana Brewster attend a Universal Pictures presentation to promote their upcoming film Fast & Furious 6 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon on 16 April 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picture: AFP/Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Actor Paul Walker, known for his roles in the _Fast and the Furious _movies, died on Saturday in a car crash in Southern California, his publicist said.

"Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident," Ame Van Iden, Walker's publicist, said in an email.

A message linked to Walker's Twitter account, @RealPaulWalker, said Walker, 40, died as a passenger in a friend's car while attending an event for a charity organisation.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that there had been a car accident involving two fatalities in Valencia, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, at about 3:30 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle engulfed in flames. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.

The office did not provide the identities of the dead, and said the cause was under investigation.