Truly shocking and terrible news today. Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the Star Trek films, has died in a car accident at the age of 27.
Yelchin first gained critical attention for his work as Zack Mazursky in Alpha Dog and the title role in Charlie Bartlett before going on to major studio production like Star Trek, Terminator Salvation and the underrated Fright Night remake. Throughout his career he continued to pick exciting roles and work with repected veteran filmmakers like Jim Jarmush on Only Lover Left Alive and Joe Dante on Burying the Ex, as well as exciting upcoming voices like Drake Doremus on Like Crazy and Jeremy Saulnier on this year’s critically acclaimed Green Room.
Yelchin’s yet-to-be-released films include Rememory, We Don’t Belong Here and the latest Star Trek installment, Star Trek Beyond, which is set to arrive in theaters this July. He was also cast in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Mercedes.
UPDATE: The LAPD has confirmed the details of the accident.
“A fatal traffic collision happened in Studio City. 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,” said LAPD spokesperson Jenny Hauser. “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.”
Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Star Trek, has also released an official statement on Yelchin’s passing.
All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.
Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.
I only got to work with Anton Yelchin for one day but immediately he was the kind of person you rooted for & wanted to see thrive.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Oh, Anton. Such a dedicated, generous and hyper-smart young man. So grateful for the time we shared, destroyed he left so soon.
— Jeremy Saulnier (@saulnier_jeremy) 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
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
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. 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.
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