Tributes to Paul Walker

Vin Diesel has led the tributes to Paul Walker.

The 40-year-old actor died after a Porsche he was passenger in crashed and burst into flames in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, yesterday.

The star is best known for appearing in the Fast & Furious franchise, with his co-star Vin expressing his heartache over Paul’s passing.

“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace (sic),” he captioned an image of himself with Paul on Instagram.

Ludacris starred with the two men and has also spoken of his grief. He posted a screen shot of the cast holding hands around a dinner table on the photo-sharing website.

“Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts@paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P (sic),” he wrote.

Tyrese Gibson also starred in the films about street racers who plan heists and told fans he was struggling to come to terms with Paul’s death.

“My heart is hurting so bad,” he wrote. “No one can make me believe this is real. Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don’t understand. My heart hurts it’s broken no one can convince me that this is real…. Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family… #HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForever. (sic)”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson spoke of his anguish on Twitter and offered his support to Paul’s loved ones, with Paul’s co-stars from other movies including Olivia Wilde, Joshua Jackson, Ryan Phillippe and Jessica Alba also offering their condolences.

Paul was attending a charity event to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan when he and a friend decided to take the Porsche out. The driver lost control and hit a telegraph poll, after which the vehicle was engulfed in a fire ball. Onlookers tried to put out the flames using fire extinguishers but both the actor and driver died.

“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,” the star’s team confirmed on Facebook. “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.”

Paul is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow.

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