Paul Walker Death Photo is a Hoax

December 1, 2013 Updated: December 7, 2013

A photo that purports to show the dead body of “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker isn’t real.

The photo, which has been shared on social media sites, shows a graphic image of a man with a bloody gash across his face.

The man has blonde hair and the face bears some likeness to Walker.’s David Emery writes that the photo is actually of charity worker who was injured in a construction accident in 2011 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It is also worth noting that Walker’s body was likely burnt badly in the crash. Photos uploaded online show the car completely gutted and charred by flames.

Initial reports say that Walker and the other person in the vehicle were trapped inside.

It was confirmed that Walker died in a fiery car crash on Saturday evening after the Porsche he was in crashed into a tree.

Walker’s publicist said Sunday that the other person in the car was Roger Rodas, a friend of Walker’s who owned a sport car dealership in Valencia.

Ame Van Iden said the actor was the passenger, though the sheriff’s department did not confirm that.

The Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The downed light pole had a speed limit sign of 45 mph.

Sheriff’s deputy Peter Gomez said investigators are working to determine how fast the car was traveling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve.

Walker and Rodas had attended a fundraiser benefiting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. The event was held by Walker’s Reach Out Worldwide, a charity he founded in 2010 to aid victims of natural disasters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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