“Star Trek” star Anton Yelchin is dead after being hit by his own car in the driveway of his California home.
The 27 year-old died soon after his car rolled backwards down a steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox and security gate.
Yelchin, whose new film “Star Trek Beyond” is released next month, was supposed to be at a rehearsal a few hours earlier. When he didn’t show, friends went to check on him at house and found him deceased by the side of his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene 1:10 am Sunday morning.
The Russian born actor has been acting since a youngster, appearing in such films as “Along Came a Spider” and “Hearts in Atlantis” before going on to star in “Alpha Dog”, “Charlie Bartlett”, “Star Trek”, “Terminator Salvation”, “Like Crazy”, “The Beaver”, “Fright Night”, “Odd Thomas”, “Cymberline” and “Dying of the Light”. His more recent films include “Burying the Ex”, “Experimenter”, “Broken Horses”, “Green Room” and “Star Trek Beyond” – opening July 22. He also voiced ‘Clumsy Surf’ in two “Smurfs” movies, and had voiced the lead in the recently announced animated series “Trollhunters” for Netflix.
The talented actor’s “Trek” family, as well as other actors and filmmakers that had worked with Yelchin, lit up Twitter today with their heartfelt tributes.
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
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
Today we mourn the passing of Anton Yelchin. He was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. pic.twitter.com/POChZ2XwyI
— Star Trek (@StarTrekMovie) 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
Devastated at the news of Anton Yelchin's shocking passing.
I will miss knowing him, working with him and… https://t.co/zocadF4Ai5
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 19, 2016
What an incredible loss of such a unique vibrant light. I'm thankful to have had you in my life.… https://t.co/Mf4iJ1GFzG
— Ashley Greene (@AshleyMGreene) June 19, 2016
RIP Anton. He was one of the nicest, most positive and passionate people I have ever met and a truly great and fascinating actor.
— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) June 19, 2016
— McG (@McGsWonderland) June 19, 2016
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) June 20, 2016
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