"Sir David Beckham was killed today in a horrific car accident near Torrence, the California Highway Patrol tells CNN.
The soccer star was traveling south on the 405 Freeway Friday morning when he rear-ended a stalled vehicle.
"Mr. Beckham's black Cadillac SUV collided with the rear of a gold Mitsubishi in the carpool lane, the force of the impact severed his legs" says Jennifer Connolly, spokesperson for California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Mitsubishi, who complained of a broken spine, later died in hospital.
Beckham, 36, was killed instantly.
Tributes for the famous sportsman flowed on the internet once his death was announced on Twitter and confirmed by Dan Rathers on CNN. MTC will be holding a memorial for him on Friday."
A sad day for rugby fans around the world. Rest in peace young blood.