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Celebs React to Paul Walker's Shocking Death

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Paul Walker
'Fast and the Furious 5' film photocall, Rome Italy - 30 Apr 2011
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Though it's already been two days since the news first lit up the Twitterverse, it's still so hard for many to believe: At just 40 years old, Paul Walker has died.

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when the actor, father, and lifelong car enthusiast left an event for his charity, Reach Out Worldwide, to take a spin in his friend Roger Rodas's red Porsche Carrera. Rodas was an experienced race car driver, and Walker, best known for his starring roles in the Fast and the Furious franchise, shared his love of speed and fast cars. But sadly, not long after the pair set off for a joyride, the sports car spun out of control and hit a tree along a Southern California road. Witnesses immediately rushed to the scene, but it was too late—the car had been reduced to a pile of twisted metal and quickly burst into flames. Both men were unable to be pulled to safety.

“It was engulfed in flames,” said Walker's friend Antonio Holmes, who raced to the scene right away. “There was nothing. They were trapped.”

Holmes was just one of several people who showed up at the crash site with fire extinguishers in-hand, trying frantically to rescue Walker and Rodas. “We tried. We tried,” he told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. “Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart, just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do.”

News of the actor's tragic death was first announced via his Twitter account, @RealPaulWalker, which is what led many to believe (and hope) it was all just a cruel hoax. But sadly, it wasn't. "It's with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident..." read the tweet, which was sent and later confirmed by his reps.

Almost immediately, a flood of remembrances poured in from celebs, fans and even family members, via Twitter and Instagram...

In one more heartbreaking twist to this story, it's believed that both Walker's 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, and Rodas' 8-year-old son were witnesses to the crash scene. While Meadow is said to have arrived at the scene after it was engulfed in flames, Rodas's son was reportedly closer, and tried in vain to pull his father from the wreckage while Holmes worked to get Walker out.

Walker's own final tweet was sent just Friday, when he posted a photo of himself standing with Tyrese and Vin Diesel. "The boys are back. Will you be ready?" it read. Just two days later, Tyrese was seen in tears at the crash site, mourning the loss of his friend.

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