Paul Walker
Paul Walker during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Reuters

Paul Walker will be commemorated with a special tribute at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13 April).

Walker, who starred in the Fast & Furious franchise as Brian O'Connor, died in a car crash in November at the age of 40.

MTV Movie Awards executive producer Garrett English told Associated Press: "We are just really happy and honoured that they were willing to allow us to celebrate him in some way on the show. And his family and friends were willing to have that happen.

"He's been such a big part of the channel, what the channel's audience has been about. He's been such a big part of our show in the past that it felt really right to us, and we're just really happy and honoured that they were willing to allow us to do something for him on the show."

MTV president Stephen Friedman added: "Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career.

"Our audience grew up with him, from Varsity Blues to the Furious franchise. He was a movie star, but one they could relate to. Paul's humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role."

Quite what the tribute will entail has been left under wraps.

Paul Walker's death caused a substantial delay to the seventh Fast & Furious film, which only recently began filming again after big rewrites. Studio Universal revealed that Walker's character will be given a happy ending rather than being killed off.

US talk show host Conan O'Brien will host the awards show at Hollywood's Nokia Theatre.