‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Dead At 27

Anton Yelchin - Star TrekAnton Yelchin, best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams series of rebooted Star Trek feature films, died on Sunday June 19th. He was 27. He is survived by his parents Irina & Victor Yelchin.

The actor’s representatives have confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, stating that he was killed in a “traffic collision”. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time”, publicist Jennifer Allen added in a statement

Yelchin’s body was found at a little after 1 am local time, when some friends, concerned the actor had missed a rehearsal, went to his home. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, he sustained “fatal traumatic injuries” when his own car rolled backwards down his steep driveway, pinning Yelchin against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence.

While arguably best known for his role in the Star Trek films, Anton Yelchin got his start in television with a breakout role in the short-lived Showtime original series Huff, also starring Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt. His many other TV credits include NYPD BlueThe PracticeWithout A Trace and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. On the feature side, he starred is such films as RudderlessBroken HorsesGreen Room and We Don’t Belong Here.

The actor recently reprised the role of Chekov in Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted series, which opens in cinemas on July 22nd. Just prior to his death, the actor was announced to be part of the cast for Guillermo del Toro’s animated family event series Trollhunters. He was also set to star in an adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes for AT&T’s Audience network.

As word of Yelchin’s untimely death started to spread, Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, executive producer JJ Abrams and a number of Star Trek co-stars have taken to various social media platforms to express their grief: