Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker has died in a car crash. Walker was a passenger in a friend's Porsche when the unnamed driver lost control of the vehicle during a charity event in Santa Clarita, California. The sportscar collidied with a tree and burst into flames. Both the driver and Walker were killed.
A statement posted on the actor's official Facebook.com fan page reads: "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."
Walkers publicist Ame Van Iden has confirmed his death.
In one of his final interviews, Walker recently told WENN he was enjoying life as a dad to his teenage daughter Meadow after revealing she had moved in with him last year (12).
He said, "She started living with me last year just when I was leaving to go to work on Fast (& Furious 6). It's really kind of tearing on me trying to maintain the balance. She just turned 15 and it's a critical time. I'm big with analogies so I look at it like this big rocket ship and she's on this launching pad.
"I want to get the trajectory right. It's just me and my daughter and I'm gonna be her dad for the rest of our lives so I want it to be cool. I sure as hell don't want to be looking back and go, 'F**k, what if, and I should've been home more'. She's super supportive and is like, 'No, go; this is what you do'. I'm like, 'We've got three years and you're gonna be out of the house. How much longer before you show up with Johnny?'
"We're really honest with each other which is cool. She tells me what her needs are and tries to be a little tougher than I want her to be sometimes. I want her to be more revealing like, 'You're not home enough...' I want her to say those things."
Just a two days before his death, Walker took to Twitter.com to share his Thanksgiving Day thoughts with fans.
He wrote, "Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating today! Try not to get too full from dinner, seconds, dessert, leftovers, that late night snack..."
He later added a now shocking apt tweet, writing, "When you #LiveFast, there's no definite set of rules."
And on Friday (29Nov13), he posted a photo from the set of the new Fast & Furious movie, featuring himself and co-star Vin Diesel, and added, "The boys are back. Will you be ready?" It turned out to be his last Twitter.com entry.
Among the celebrities who took to Twitter.com with fans to mourn Walker's passing were Russell Simmons, Lance Bass, rocker Chris Daughtry and fellow fast car buff Frankie Muniz, who wrote, "So sad to hear about Paul Walker. He was my hero when I was in my teens. Super nice guy... crazy."
Filmmaker Eli Roth also paid tribute to the actor, adding, "RIP Paul Walker. Never met him but my Hostel team had just made Running Scared and everyone loved him. Condolences to his family."
And actor pal Michael Ealy was also crushed by the news of Walker's the actor's death, adding, "My heart is crushed by the news that my friend Paul Walker passed away today. Prayers and light to his daughter and family right now."
Walker was born in Glendale, California in 1973 and started acting as a toddler when he appeared in a Pampers commercial. He enjoyed success as a TV child star throughout the 1980s landing roles in shows like Highway to Heaven and Who's the Boss?
His big break came in 1999's Varsity Blues and that led to his role in the Fast & the Furious film franchise - he has played Brian O'Conner in five of the six fast-paced action movies, and was filming Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death.
Walker has also starred or appeared in hit movies Eight Below, Into the Blue, She's All That, Running Scared, Takers and Flags of Our Fathers.
An avid surfer, the actor was also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert and a huge shark fan.
He studied marine biology before his acting career took off and recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series, titled Expedition Great White, during which he studied great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.
Malala Yousufzai is fighting for her life in hospital after a masked gunman shot her in the head as she made her way home from school.
The 14-year-old student, who writes a diary about life under the Taliban for Britain's BBC, was targeted by members of the militant group for campaigning for girls' rights to education.
Stars including Fonda and actress Mia Farrow have taken to Twitter.com to praise Yousufzai's courage, urging followers to keep the teen in their thoughts.
The Easy Rider actor writes, "Keep Malala in your hearts 2day (sic). Make this young woman a hero in the whole world... Keep the fight for justice alive... Think fighting injustice! Keep Malala alive!" while Farrow tweets, "Prayers for child hero who dared to speak out for girls education. Now fighting for life after Taliban gunned her down."
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto writes, "Heartbreaking! Please take a moment to recognise Malala's bravery. Praying that she has a quick recovery," and Avatar star Rodriguez offers, "My heart goes out to Malala Yousafzai. It's a shame human evolution has yet to reach a point of gender equality world wide. It's 2012."
Madonna used her sold-out concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday (10Oct12) to show her support for the teen, writing 'Malala' on her back and dedicating her hit Human Nature to the youngster.
She told the crowd, "This made me cry. The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realise how sick that is?"
The music world was shattered today when Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 47. While fans begin to mourn a legend lost, some famous names took to Twitter to share their tributes to Yauch.
Russell Simmons, whose music site Global Grind broke the news about Yauch's passing, tweeted a sweet farewell to his longtime friend: "Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly. I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us." In addition, celebs like Rev Run, Justin Timberlake, Common, and Donald Glover have taken to the social network to express their deep sadness at the music industry's immeasurable loss. Read what they had to say in 140 characters below.
Rev Run: R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!
Common: God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP
Justin Timberlake: Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA
Donald Glover: Adam Yauch was an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I've ever met. His music was some of my favorite. Truly saddened. RIP MCA.
Snoop Dogg: RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life
Jimmy Fallon:So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch. He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker. #RIPMCA
Tom Morello: Rip dear Adam Yauch. Words can't express the sadness and loss. Ur humor, talent & gentle soul are just irreplacable. Be at peace brother. Q-Tip: RIP yauch and thank u mike and adam n adam 4 all of your help, the tours, the bball games, n great times. a humanitarian a tru friend Boy George: Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P! Kevin Smith: RIP Adam Yauch. You made my teenage years more fun and your art made it easier for me to do what I do. For a Beastie, you sure were a beaut. Bryan Greenberg: SAD! The Beasties helped mold me. As a teen my bedroom was covered with their posters. R.I.P.# AdamYauch the Buddhist Beastie Philosopher Occupy Wall Street: Adam Yauch marched with us in November over the Brooklyn Bridge. He was a visionary artist who never lost sight of his community. #RIP Rainn Wilson: RIP Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys). He was a super-genius, a visionary and, most importantly, a really good person. [Image: Wenn.com] More: Adam Yauch Dies at 47 How Adam Yauch Rocked Hollywood With Oscilloscope
The teenage Filipino's estranged dad, Ricky Pempengco, was reportedly hacked to death by a drunk man brandishing an ice pick while shopping in a store in the town of San Pedro on Monday (31Oct11).
Charice, who was discovered by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, has since cancelled her work commitments to fly to South East Asia to be with her family, and now her TV pals have offered their words of support via Twitter.com as she mourns the loss of her father.
Michele tweets, "My thoughts and prayers go out today to my girl @OfficialCharice and her family for their terrible loss.. Thinking of you Charice."
Ushkowitz adds, "saddened to hear about @officialCharice 's loss. Sending all my love to you and your family."
Police have launched an investigation into the horrific murder and have named their main suspect as Angel Capili.
The accused man fled the scene of the crime and cops are now offering a reward for information leading to his arrest.
Odom escaped unscathed when his chauffeur-driven car was involved in an accident which left a motorcyclist and a 15-year-old pedestrian in hospital in New York last week (14Jul11).
The boy sustained major head injuries after the motorcyclist collided with him, and despite undergoing emergency surgery in a bid to save his life, he passed away on Friday (15Jul11).
His funeral was held on Monday (18Jul11), according to TMZ.com.
Odom took to his Twitter.com page to pass on his condolences, writing, "My thoughts and prayers are with the young boys (sic) family..."
Funnyman Chris Rock has lashed out at the woman who went public with claims he was the father of her teenage lovechild, after a DNA test proved the comedian is not the father.
Rock has been keen to keep his comments to himself ever since Kali Bowyer accused the comic of fathering her 13-year-old son earlier this year, but now he has released a statement after test results proved Bowyer picked the wrong man to go after.
In the statement, signed off by Rock and his wife Malaak, the couple states, "Though we prefer to keep our private life out of the media, we feel that it is necessary to respond to the many grossly inaccurate media reports that were sold to the tabloids by Kali Bowyer, who falsely claimed that Chris Rock fathered her 13-year-old son.
"After multiple lies, including that Chris refused to establish paternity, and after finding out that Ms. Bowyer has an extensive criminal record, we personally asked the court to help us establish paternity so that we could put this harassment to rest.
"We have spent a tremendous sum to litigate this case and are asking our attorney to pursue all legal remedies against her (Bowyer).
"Additionally, we would like for any monies Ms. Bowyer has taken from the tabloid media, based on this false story, to be donated to charities for the benefit of disadvantaged boys and girls.
"We also express our deepest prayers for the welfare of Ms. Bowyer's son, who has been continuously embarrassed and exposed in the media by his mother... We are happy that this has come to an end."
Rock has been married to Malaak for 11 years. The couple has two children.
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Jessica Simpson has reached out to Prison Break actor Lane Garrison, who once lived with the pop star and her family when he was a troubled teen.
Garrison was driving his Land Rover with three teenage passengers on Saturday night when he struck a tree, killing a 17-year-old male passenger.
The Dallas native grew up in a bad family environment and repeatedly found himself in trouble with the law. He left his Texas home as a teenager and moved in with his family minister, Joe Simpson.
Lane has said in the past that he is grateful for Simpson's help getting his life back on track.
Jessica released a statement through her publicist Cindi Berger on Monday, standing by her family friend, saying, "We love Lane very much and our thoughts and prayers are with him now."
Police say Lane could ultimately face felony charges, but until the investigation has been completed, no charges will be filed.
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