On Sunday (June 19), the news of the tragic and untimely death of actor Anton Yelchin was confirmed by his publicist, Jennifer Allen. Reported by AP, the “Star Trek” actor was killed in a freak accident with his own car. He was 27.
TMZ was the first to report Yelchin’s death, saying the actor was found by friends pinned between his card and a brick mailbox pillar. Police say the car was found in neutral and that foul play is not suspected. At this time, it’s unclear how the accident happened.
Yelchin was born in Leningrad, Russia but moved to the United States with his parents while still a baby. His acting career began at the age of 11 with a guest star role on the medical series “ER” and things quickly took off for him after nabbing the starring titular role in the teen film, “Charlie Bartlett.”
While best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” films, he also voiced Clumsy in the “Smurfs” series, worked alongside Jennifer Lawrence in both 2011’s “The Beaver” and “Like Crazy” that same year, co-starred with Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke in “Cymbeline,” and had a slew of films currently in production at the time of his death.
Yelchin was an only child and is survived by his parents Irina and Victor Yelchin. Police are currently investigating the car crash. No foul play is suspected at this time.
The too-soon death of one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars was instantly recognized by his friends and former co-stars.