US actor Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast & Furious series of action films, has been killed in a car crash in California.
Walker, 40, was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend – who also died – when it crashed north of Los Angeles.
Walker was said to be attending a charity event at the time.
He starred in all but one of the films in the Fast & Furious franchise, the sixth of which opened in May.
Walker also starred in the suspense drama Hours, a movie that is set for release this month.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said the crash happened in the community of Valencia.
It said deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision. Two people found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Images showed the burned-out wreckage of a red Porsche by the side of the road.
“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 organisation Reach Out Worldwide,” the statement on the actor’s Facebook page said.
“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We… are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
Universal Pictures also issued a statement, saying studio staff were “heartbroken” by Walker’s death.
“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast & Furious films, and to countless fans.
“We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
Walker played undercover agent Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious movies.
The first film of the franchise was released in 2001 and the seventh is in development.
Walker was one of the leading protagonists, along with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.
Diesel said in a post on Instagram: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
Satellite images show the extent of the storm as it approached the Philippines on 7 November. At times it stretched 600km (372 miles) across. If the same storm was placed over a map of Europe it would stretch from London to Berlin.
Super Typhoon Haiyan has battered the Philippines with ferocious winds of up to 320 km/h (199mph). Although not the most powerful storm to have ever formed in recorded history, it could be the strongest at the time of landfall.
The storm made landfall on the Philippines shortly before dawn on Friday, bringing gusts that reached 379 km/h (235 mph), with waves as high as 15m (45ft), bringing up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.
Typhoon Haiyan o yolanda - one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall – has carved a path of death and destruction through the central Philippines. Here in Tacloban at least 100 people were killed.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
CEBU (3rd Update) – A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Carmen, Bohol and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao Tuesday morning, the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology said.
Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. said in a radio interview that while there is no indication the quake can cause a tsunami, damage and aftershocks are possible.
Location of the earthquake that hit Carmen, Bohol on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. (Source: Phivolcs)
Sto. Niño Church after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
oldest church Loboc Bohol colaps after 100 years
Radio reports said the quake was felt in Cebu and parts of Negros Oriental, and even as far as Iligan City in Mindanao.
Phivolcs said the quake occurred at 8:12 a.m., with the epicenter at 2 kilometers southeast of Carmen in Bohol. It was tectonic in origin.
A mild aftershock was felt 16 minutes later. It centered northwest of Carmen, Bohol.
Radio reports said at least two buildings in Cebu collapsed.
In Iloilo, the quake prompted motorists to stop vehicles and many people to run out of buildings.
A brownout hit Iloilo City after the quake.
Construction workers at a construction site in Mandurriao in Iloilo quickly left the site when they felt the quake.
Classes in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental province will be suspended Wednesday to allow an inspection of the schools there, the Philippine Information Agency reported.
THE number of people who died after two vessels collided off Talisay City last Friday night rose yesterday to 32, nearly all of them passengers.
At least 751 survived the accident.
Bad weather forced the authorities to call off the search yesterday, but they hope to resume operations today. Fifty-eight persons remain missing.
Lito Salvio, assistant vice president of the 2GO Group, said that as of 5 p.m. yesterday, 32 passengers were confirmed dead, 30 of them passengers and two of them from the crew.
The company owns the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas, which collided with the cargo vessel Sulpicio Express 7 of the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. past 9 p.m. last Friday. (Main story, A1)
In a command conference called by Mayor Michael Rama at Cebu City Hall yesterday, Salvio assured that the company will give financial assistance to the families of those who died.
For the survivors, Salvio said the company will cover their medical expenses, travel expenses to Manila and the hotel accommodations of those who are still in Cebu.
The initial report is that no one from the Sulpicio Express 7’s crew was killed or injured, but the authorities couldn’t confirm just how many were on board when the accident happened.
Of the 32 who died, 19 were female and 13, male. Two were children. Their bodies were brought to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes on Junquera St., Cebu City.
That’s where Jun Elmar Butao, 11, broke down when he found the body of his mother Lolita, 52.
They had left Butuan to move to Lapu-Lapu City.
During the collision, Jun Elmar and his mother jumped overboard, but they got separated at sea. He suffered a cut in his right foot.
Apart from Lolita, 15 of the dead were already identified.
Based on the records of Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes, they are Hilario Maligro (53), Domingo Anomat (67), Necito Ancla, Teogenes Jabines (69),
Alfonso Camanzo, Jonathan Cabural, Romulo Escropolo, Armida Manalon, Artemia Bunotan (58), Evelyn Calipano Caro (53), Vicente Ancla Jr. (74),
Cresencia Colipano (73), Antonio Abrutante (75), Nilen Menia Manoza (crew) and Julius Flores (crew).
Camanzo, Cabural and Escropolo were identified through the identification cards recovered from their possession.
Escropolo’s friend, 77-year-old Cesar Comendador, was among the survivors. They were traveling to Manila to attend a religious conference. (See related story, A2)
Fifty of those who were rescued were brought to five hospitals in Cebu City: 21 are in Chong Hua Hospital, 10 in Perpetual Succour Hospital, eight in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, 10 in Cebu City Medical Center and one in Velez Hospital.
Commander Weniel Azcuna of the Coast Guard-Cebu Station said the Navy has deployed two Huey helicopters so they can extend and widen the search and rescue operation.
Technical divers from the Philippine Navy also arrived at 2 p.m. yesterday.
Volunteer divers from Malapascua, who helped in the retrieval of the body of former Cabinet Secretary Jesse Robredo this time last year, will also extend their services.
“The technical divers would really help because they have a longer bottom time than our regular divers. The regular divers can dive for only 10 minutes at a time,” said Azcuna.
Azcuna said the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas lies 100 to 120 feet from the surface.
The technical divers were scheduled to go to the site where the vessel sank early this morning.
The Coast Guard, Azcuna added, has also tapped Malayan Towage to contain any oil spill. Records from 2GO show that it carried 20 tons of diesel and 120 tons of bunker fuel.
“They have the necessary equipment to properly contain the oil,” he said.
Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella asked the Coast Guard to keep searching for the 58 persons who may still be at sea.
Labella, who survived the 1998 sinking of Sulpicio Lines’ Princess of the Orient, said there is still a big chance of finding survivors.
“I had been floating for 36 hours in high seas (when the rescuers arrived), while this accident is near the coast,” he said
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