Some terrible surprising news this morning, the Associated Press is reporting Anton Yelchin (the new Chekov to Trek fans) has died in a car accident this morning. Our condolences to his family and friends. Press release is after the break. Updated with more details from Variety.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, has died at the age of 27. He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.
Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller “Alpha Dog” and the teenage comedy “Charlie Bartlett.” His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted “Star Trek” films — the third of which, “Star Trek Beyond” comes out in July.
Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin’s family requests privacy at this time.
UPDATE from Variety:
The LAPD said he was pinned by his own car at his Studio City home. Friends apparently became concerned when Yelchin did not show up for a band performance. They found him at his home pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar.
“It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway,” the LAPD said in a statement.
Police reportedly told TMZ that the engine was still running when he was found, and that his car was in neutral. It’s not clear why he got out of his car with the engine running.
Shocked, fans and colleagues are extending their love and condolences.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) 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
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
Shocked and saddened at the death of Anton Yelchin. I’m SO done with 2016. https://t.co/grXcuntFSD
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) June 19, 2016
In case you missed Anton Yelchin’s previous AMA, read it here:https://t.co/Zim9BkAhPv. The world is a lesser place without him.
— reddit AMA (@reddit_AMA) June 19, 2016
While it is very sad to so abruptly lose someone who had so much life left, we can be grateful for the talent he shared with us.