Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dead at 27
Actor Anton Yelchin, known for his roles in indie films such as Like Crazy and Star Trek Into Darkness, died early this morning in a seemingly fluke accident. He was 27.
The actor was apparently pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. In a statement to Variety, a representative for Yelchin said he was “killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”
Yelchin most recently appeared in the indie horror flick Green Room, but before that had acted in a range of movies from indies like Only Lovers Left Alive to blockbusters like J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, for which he took on the role of Chekov. He had just completed work on Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond.
“I loved Anton Yelchin so much,” his Star Trek co-star John Cho, tweeted. “He was a true artist—curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”
As news of his passing spread, others began to share their thoughts on the actor’s tragic passing.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016
Please send your love to Anton’s family right now. They need it.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) 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
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Anton was (“was” fucking hell) a brilliant, shining human with a lovely soul. Rest in peace, bud.
— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) June 19, 2016