Anton Yelchin's Co-stars React To His Death With Heartbreaking Messages
Early Sunday morning, Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died in a traffic collision in Los Angeles, according to a report by TMZ, which was later confirmed by the actor's reps in a statement to BuzzFeed. The 27-year-old was well-known for starring in the revamped Star Trek films — the latest of which will be released this July — and indie thrillers such as Alpha Dog. As news began hitting headlines on Sunday, Yelchin's Star Trek co-stars reacted to his death with heartbreaking messages of their own.
Update: In a statement to Romper, Yelchin's publicist Jennifer Allen wrote, "Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."
According to People, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that Yelchin's body was found pinned between a driveway gate and a car. While no cause of death has been officially declared yet, a medical examiner reportedly told People that the vehicle was not properly parked before Yelchin walked behind it. He was found with head and chest injuries and pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday.
The Russian-born actor was well-loved and admired by co-workers and fans, and was known for his varying interests. Aside from acting, Yelchin was interested in photography, wrote his own film script at 16, and played the piano. Co-stars' messages about Yelchin after his death showed that he was incredibly well-respected in the acting community, and loved by many who worked with him.
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
Please send your love to Anton's family right now. They need it.— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) 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
Anton Yelchin was 1 of the brightest, most inquisitive, loving, special & unique person I've ever met, I loved him so much. I am in pieces— Sofia Boutella (@sofisia) June 19, 2016
I just heard about my sweet, sweet talented friend #AntonYelchin and his horrible accident. I'm in complete shock. He had far more to say...— Tyler Hilton (@TylerHilton) June 19, 2016
The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you'd ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked. https://t.co/uyg2NlmhqP— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Fuck. I was lucky enough to call Anton Yelchin my friend for the better part of the last decade. This is so fucking awful.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) 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
Director Guillermo del Toro, who was working with Yelchin on the upcoming Netflix animated series Trollhunters, tweeted on Sunday, "As far as I am concerned, 2016 cannot end fast enough." It's been a rough year of losses, and the death of the far-too-young Yelchin makes it all feel very real.
According to Variety, Yelchin's representative released a statement requesting privacy for his family. Co-stars and fans expressed sympathy for his family while sharing their love for Yelchin on social media, honoring a great actor taken too soon.