'Star Trek Beyond' Anton Yelchin Dead At 27, Cast Reacts To Heartbreaking Accident [VIDEO]
Anton Yelchin died Sunday at age 27.
The Star Trek star passed away following a tragic traffic collision in the early hours.
"Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning," said a statement from his representative, according to Variety. "His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."
Yelchin's friends alerted police when the actor failed to show for rehearsal on Saturday, TMZ reported. Upon arriving at his San Fernando Valley home, officers found the deceased pinned between his car and a brick mailbox at the bottom of a steep driveway. The car was in neutral and authorities do not suspect foul play.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Yelchin and his family moved to America when he was just a baby. His credits are long and varied, including a two-season stint in Huff, a role in the 2011 remake of Fright Night, and the titular teenage rebel in 2007's Charlie Bartlett. Yelchin found a place in the hearts of Star Trek fans when he took on the role of Chekov in the Star Trek reboots.
Yelchin's Star Trek Beyond costars took to Twitter to mourn his untimely death barely a month before the film's July 22 release.
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
Please send your love to Anton's family right now. They need it. — John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad ! — Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you. — Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
Yelchin will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.