It has been confirmed that Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday.This announcement was posted on his Facebook page Saturday evening:
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. - #TeamPW
'Hoax' announcement was itself a hoax
There was some confusion after Walker's death was first reported thanks to a fake news article published on the self-styled "satirical" website Mediamass.net claiming the report was a hoax. Bogus celebrity death notices are a common occurrence online, but this, unfortunately, wasn't one of them. Mediamass caused similar confusion several months ago by crying "hoax" after James Gandolfini died in June.
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