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Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot, an exotic staple in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, posted tributes to co-star Paul Walker on her Facebook and Twitter accounts today, after news came in during the night (Israeli time) that Walker had died in a fiery L.A.-area car crash.
Gadot wrote on Twitter: "Lost a dear friend today. So sudden and tragic - @RealPaulWalker was a great man with a big heart and passion. RIP."
She also shared a photo of the actors smiling together, apparently on set or at a promotional event.
Her Facebook post elaborated further, and included a translation into Hebrew for her 1.2 million followers:
Lost a dear friend today.
So sudden and tragic .. Hard to believe.. Paul was a great man with a big heart and passion for life.
I'm so sad he's no longer with us. Can't believe I'm actually writing this.. I'm sending my condolences to his family and his precious daughter Meadow .
Rest in peace brother. We will miss you here..
איבדתי היום חבר יקר . בצורה כל כך פתאומית וטרגית. מרגיש כאילו הסרט התערבב עם המציאות. פשוט קשה להאמין.. פול היה אדם מקסים עם לב גדול. חבר טוב מלא שמחת חיים.. לא נתפס שאני בכלל כותבת את זה.
אני שולחת את תנחומיי למשפחתו ולביתו היחידה מדו.
נוח על משכבך בשלום אח. נתגעגע אליך.
TMZ broke the story of Walker's death at about 6 p.m. PST on Saturday, reporting that the 40-year-old actor had been riding passenger-side in a Porsche Carrera GT, in the Santa Clarita area, when "the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree ... and the car burst into flames." However, commenters and other journalists initially questioned the validity of the story, as death hoaxes have become common on Twitter. The circumstances seemed too ironic: Paul Walker, car afficionado and star of a series about street racing, dies in dramatic car crash?
But within a couple hours, Walker's reps had confirmed his tragic death, in the following statement:
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. 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. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences.
Pasadena businessman Bill Townsend, who attended the charity event, added in the Facebook comments: "I was with Paul today. He was surrounded by friends, talking about cars, seeing hundreds of gifts brought for kids to give out by charity. The news is terribly sad. The world lost an angel and Heaven gained one. I'm going to commit to helping ensure the Paul's charity lives on and that his love of cars and people, especially children, will be remembered forever."
Gadot, a former Miss Israel and the most-followed Israeli on Facebook, joined the "Fast and Furious" cast as character Gisele Harabo for the fourth installment in 2009, and has appeared in every film since. Filming for "Fast and Furious 7" had just begun in September 2013.
(When she's not working in Hollywood, Gadot resides in Tel Aviv with her young daughter and husband Yaron Varsano, owner of the upscale Varsano Hotel in Neve Tzedek. Just days before Walker's death, she also mourned the passing of Israel's "greatest artist," singer Arik Einstein.)
Here, Gadot appears alongside Walker in the trailer for "Fast and Furious 6":
Update: And here are a couple of their biggest scenes.
May he rest in peace.
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