Police report says Russian-born Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, who was best known for his role as the young Russian starship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of Star Trek movies, was killed on Sunday in the most bizarre accident.
27-year-old Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died around 1am after being crushed by his own car. The Star Trek icon apparently stepped out of his car in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home not knowing that the car was rolling backwards, said Jenny Houser, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
“The car pinned him against a brick wall and a security fence, and that trauma led to his death,” Houser said.
When friends noticed his absence at a rehearsal he was supposed to be attending, they went to his house and found him dead.
Houser added that though the accident was under investigation, no foul play was suspected.
Tributes from a number of actors and others who worked with actor Anton Yelchin flooded the social media as they expressed their utmost shock at his tragic end.
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“Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton,” Justin Lin, who directed Yelchin in his third Star Trek movie, wrote on Twitter. “Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.”
“I loved Anton Yelchin so much,” wrote John Cho, who played fellow Enterprise crew member Sulu in the new Star Trek films. “He was a true artist, curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”
Born in St petersburg to two figure skaters, Yelchin is most popular for the role of Pavel Chekov, the young navigator on the bridge of the starship Enterprise, for the 2009 re-launch of the Star Trek film franchise and two sequels, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, set to open on 22 July.
Having emigrated to the United States as an infant, Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin worked really hard to make in his career. As a teenager, he gained wide attention appearing with Anthony Hopkins in the 2001 film Hearts in Atlantis and with Robin Williams in 2004’s House of D.
He also starred in other films like the Taken, Terminator Salvation, Charlie Bartlett, Fright Night, Like Crazy, and Only Lovers Left Alive among others.