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LA coroner: Paul Walker's body too badly burned to be identified

Actor Paul Walker attends a Japan premiere of the film Fast & Furious in Tokyo, Japan, on September 30, 2009. UPI/Keizo Mori
Actor Paul Walker attends a Japan premiere of the film "Fast & Furious" in Tokyo, Japan, on September 30, 2009. UPI/Keizo Mori | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Paul Walker and the driver of the car he was in when the two were killed in a crash were too badly burned to be identified, the Los Angeles County coroner said.

Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that struck a light pole Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Times reported. The car was engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived.

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Walker and the driver of the car, his friend Roger Rodas, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A representative for the coroner's officer told TMZ the two bodies were unidentifiable and the autopsies would be delayed until later this week when both sets of dental records were obtained.

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The cause of the crash had not yet been determined, but investigators said they were looking into the possibility that speed was a factor, the Times said.

The crash took place on normally quiet street with a 45 mph speed limit, the newspaper reported.

A statement posted on Walker's Twitter account said the actor was attending a charity event to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Walker and Rodas teamed together to create the Reach Out WorldWide Foundation to help disaster relief in other countries, TMZ said.

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"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," the statement said. "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."

Actor Vin Diesel, who co-starred with Walker in "The Fast and the Furious" films, posted on Instagram: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

Rapper Ludacris tweeted: "Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P."

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Talk show host Carson Daly tweeted: "Sick about the tragic loss of #PaulWalker. I enjoyed our time together very much. Such a really nice guy. Prayers to his family and friends."

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