Anton Yelchin, known for his role as Chekov on Star Trek, died at age 27 in a car accident in his home.
Friends of Yelchin noticed that he was missing around 1 am after being late for a rehearsal. The actor was later discovered pinned to his mailbox by his car at his San Fernando home’s driveway. The car was in neutral with the engine running, and no foul play is suspected, according to TMZ.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson released a statement with some details of Yelchin’s death –
“On Sunday, June 19 at 1:10 in the morning, a fatal traffic collision occurred. It was the result of the victim’s own car rolling backwards down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence. The victim was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal. And when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house, where they found him deceased by his car. It appeared he had momentarily exited his car leaving it in the driveway.”
Born in Russia to national figure skaters, Yelchin immigrated to the United States as a six month old infant seeking asylum. His first role on TV was in E.R. in 2000. He garnered attention with his first film role in Alpha Dog, later being cast in the role he is most known for, Chekov, in the Star Trek film series.
Yelchin’s friends and co-stars reacted to his death via Twitter –
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) June 19, 2016
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people… https://t.co/zgTxXmyrbD
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) June 19, 2016
The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you'd ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked. https://t.co/uyg2NlmhqP
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
RIP Anton Yelchin.