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Posted at 12/01/2013 11:26 AM | Updated as of 12/01/2013 3:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) American actor Paul Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, died in a car crash in Southern California on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). He was 40.

Walker’s representatives confirmed the news on his social media accounts.

“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,” his representatives said in a statement posted on his official Facebook account.

“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.”Celebrity website TMZ first reported that Walker and another person was killed after the Porsche GT they were riding lost control and slammed into either a tree or a post, and subsequently burst into flames and exploded.

The accident occurred in Santa Clarita, outside of Los Angeles, California.

Sources told TMZ that Walker was in Santa Clarita for a car show meant to raise funds for the relief efforts for the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines.

Earlier this week, members of the “Fast and the Furious” cast, including Walker, reached out to their fans in an effort to raise awareness of as well as assistance for the victims of “Yolanda” in the Philippines.

It was Walker who spoke on behalf of the group.“The needs are gonna be extensive for a long period of time. So basically, we are reaching out to the fans. We love Manila — we were there last year, they received us with open arms. We love the Philippines,” Walker in the video.



Filmmaker Casey Neistat was supposed to make a promotional video for the upcoming Ben Stiller movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” but the result isn’t what most people would expect.

Twentieth Century Fox enlisted Neistat to make a video based on the theme of “live your dreams.” The studio wanted it to inspire and motivate viewers to try something they’ve never done before. Instead of creating a video featuring Stiller, Neistat sought approval to spend the entire budget on disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Fox agreed.

The result is a nearly six-and-a-half minute YouTube video following Neistat’s journey to the Philippines.


TYPHOON HAIYAN (Yolanda) Tacloban Aerials from Marco D. Biemann on Vimeo.

Sometimes moving images can be so much stronger than words.

Biemann Produktion Haus’ contribution to help raise awareness and much needed funds for the from Super-Typhoon Haiyan devastated areas.Many of these shots have been use for several international documentaries. These shots have also helped countless domestic and international NGO´s to fundraise on behalf of the people who have suffered unimaginable loss.



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