It did not take long for friends, former colleagues and other members of the Hollywood community to chime in on the passing of "Fast and Furious" franchise star Paul Walker.  The 40-year-old actor passed away in a car accident on Saturday afternoon.  The shock and sadness was evident on social media across the world.

One of the actors most closely associated with Walker was his "Fast" co-star Vin Diesel.  The duo appeared in four films together and were currently in production on a fifth, "Fast and Furious 7."  Diesel took to his Instagram account to post the photo embedded on this page and say:

"Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

Early Sunday morning, Diesel tweeted the following:

 

Earlier, the studio behind "Fast," Universal Pictures, released a somber and sad statement.

Other reactions included other "Fast" family members including Ludacris and Tyrese which you can read below.

 

 

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