Russian-born ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin killed in freak driveway accident
The 27-year-old, who played Chekov in the recent Star Trek reboots, died on Sunday morning when he was crushed by his own car in Los Angeles.
Yelchin was pinned between his driveway wall and car in a single vehicle accident, report TMZ.
He was found by friends who had become concerned when he did not show up for a planned appointment. His death is being treated as a tragic accident.
Yelchin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, but moved to the US with his parents when he was 6 months old, according to his IMDb page.
Thought of as a rising Hollywood star, Yelchin already had a clutch of big movie roles under his belt, including performances in Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, and the multimillion dollar Star Trek series.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media from fellow Hollywood stars, including Yelchin’s Star Trek colleagues, who expressed their condolences.
Actor Zachary Quinto posted an image of the 27-year-old on Instagram along with a heartfelt tribute describing Yelchin as a “dear friend” and “comrade.”
“One of the most open an intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Quinto wrote.
“So enormously talented and generous of heart. Wise beyond his years and gone before his time. All love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”
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
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
Devastated about Anton Yelchin. He was a very sweet kid. My heart goes out to his family— Hank Azaria (@HankAzaria) June 19, 2016
Actress Olivia Wilde featured alongside Yelchin in the 2006 film Alpha Dog.
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
She described how she was “so taken by him, and won’t ever forget his sweet smile.”
Anton Yelchin just died in a car wreck. So damn sad. I met him and his Mom on a plane once. They were very sweet. https://t.co/OtkoO4HisG— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Anton Yelchin and offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.— San Diego Comic-Con (@Comic_Con) June 19, 2016
Meanwhile, photographer Tyler Shields also took to Twitter to say that he and Yelchin had just recently been putting together plans to collaborate on a new project.
One of Yelchin’s last on screen performances will be seen by audiences this July, when Star Trek Beyond is released. The young actor had also just finished filming an indie movie set in the Portuguese city of Porto.