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Universal Pictures 'heartbroken' over Paul Walker death

Universal Pictures, the studio behind the Fast and the Furious film franchise, has said they are "heartbroken" over the death of one of its star.

Paul Walker is reported to have died in a car crash north of Los Angeles earlier today, his publicist confirmed.

Universal Pictures 'heartbroken' over Paul Walker death Credit: Anthony Harvey/PA

In a statement, the studio said: "Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans.

"We send our deepest condolences to Paul's family".

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Stars take to Twitter to pay tribute to Paul Walker

Singer Alexandra Burke and US rapper 50 Cent are among many stars to have taken to Twitter to pay their condolences to actor Paul Walker, after his publicist confirmed the 40-year-old had died in a car crash today.

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RIP PAUL WALKER my prayers go out to his family and love ones God Bless #SMSaudio http://t.co/O8JgHbl7iu

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So so sad. RIP Paul Walker... Such a talented and Blessed individual.. keeping Paul and his family in my prayers... :( so sad.

Paul Walker amongst two 'killed in car crash'

Actor Paul Walker's Facebook page has been updated by his publicists, confirming his death earlier today.

According to the statement, it said:

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.

US news agencies report death of Paul Walker

US news agencies ABC News, TMZ and Variety are reporting the death of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker. It is believed he died in a car crash north of Los Angeles earlier today.

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A rep for Paul Walker confirms to TMZ the actor died today in the crash after leaving a charity event.

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.@abc News confirms "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker has died at the age of 40

Read: Report: Fast and Furious star dies in car crash

Report: Fast and Furious star dies in car crash

Hollywood actor Paul Walker, the star of The Fast and the Furious film series, has died, entertainment news agency TMZ is reporting.

The 40-year-old actor is reported to have died in a car accident in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles in California. Law enforcement is currently on the scene, they added.

Paul Walker attending the world premiere of The Fast and the Furious 6 in London earlier this year. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

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