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Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker, 40, dies in car crash

This past weekend has seen the end of one of Hollywood’s power players in the movie genre  I call ” Dude Flicks” in the sad and untimely death of Paul Walker, Brian O’Connor of the Fast & Furious” .

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The loving and loyal fans of star Paul Walker erected a memorial near the site of his fatal automobile crash, as investigators try to determine the cause of the tragic weekend wreck that also claimed the life of his friend.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said speed was a factor in Saturday’s one-car crash, though it will take time to determine how fast the car was going. The charismatic and handsome star of the hit film series was found with his vehicle  engulfed in flames when the LA Country Sherriff  arrived at the site of the crash. Walker who is so closely associated with the underground culture of street racing portrayed in the popular film franchise, the accident had an sadly ironic quality — a tragic end for a Hollywood hero of speed.On Sunday, fans of Walker, 40, gathered to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action movies. His “Fast & Furious” co-star Tyrese Gibson broke down when he visited the crash site.

“Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever,” Gibson later posted on his Instagram account.

Walker rode the “Fast & Furious” franchise to fame, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. He had been on break from shooting the seventh installment; production began in September and while much of the film has been shot, it’s incomplete.

Universal Pictures has not said what it plans to do with “Fast & Furious 7,” which currently is slated for release in July.

Walker left behind two completed films. He stars in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama “Hours,” which Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films is to release Dec. 13. He also stars in “Brick Mansions,” a remake of the French action film “District B13” that Relativity plans to release next year.

He is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.

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