Anton Yelchin's Last Appearance Proved Exactly Why He Was The Talk Of Hollywood
Star Trek star Anton Yelchin was killed early Sunday morning in a freak accident, TMZ reported. The 27-year-old actor was discovered pinned between his car and a brick mailbox by friends after he missed rehearsal Saturday night. Although he has finished filming the latest Star Trek film, Anton Yelchin's last appearance in the indie thriller Green Room proved he had rightfully been one to watch.
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."
LAPD's Valley Traffic Division confirmed reports of Yelchin's death on Sunday, June 29. According to officials, the Alpha Dog star's friends became suspicious when Yelchin didn't show up for rehearsal hours earlier. They went to the actor's home in San Fernando Valley, California, to look for him around 1 a.m. and found Yelchin pinned between his car, a brick mailbox and a security gate. Apparently, the house's driveway had a steep incline, so LAPD speculated the star stepped out of his vehicle while it was in park with the engine still on (but without the parking brake applied) and the car "rolled back on him."
Officials offered no reasons for why the 27-year-old would have gotten out of his car. There is no suspicious of foul play at this time.
Yelchin's publicist, Jennifer Allen, released a statement about the tragedy. "Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning," she confirmed. "His family requests that you respect their privacy at this time."
Anton Yelchin, 27, died of "traumatic injuries" after his car rolled down his driveway onto him, police tell THR. https://t.co/kktT2r09CB— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2016
Born in Russia, Yelchin was the only child of two professional figure skaters. His family emigrated to the United States when the star was still a baby. He got his start as a child actor, starring alongside Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis in 2001.
Since then, Yelchin worked up the Hollywood ladder with roles in indie films and guest-starring on television shows like The Practice before breaking out in true crime flick Alpha Dog and teenage black comedy Charlie Bartlett. He is probably best known for his role as Starship Enterprise officer Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, but he made a name for himself as a consistently good actor in every role he took on.
There are several upcoming films listed on his IMDB page, including the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to premiere July 22.
Friends, fans and former co-stars have taken to to social media to express their disbelief and grief at the young actor's tragic passing.
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) 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 Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
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
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
RIP Anton Yelchin. I had the pleasure of meeting this gifted young man on the set of House of D. Such a loss. Condolences to friends/family.— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) June 19, 2016
Such sad news about Anton Yelchin. I only admired from afar, but a true artist and a real star in my eyes. Such a loss. Such a tragic loss.— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) June 19, 2016
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
Devastated about Anton Yelchin. He was a very sweet kid. My heart goes out to his family— Hank Azaria (@HankAzaria) June 19, 2016
I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a real actor's actor, beloved by performers who appreciated his work ethic and consistency. By all accounts, Yelchin was as sweet and intelligent off-screen as he was talented on it. His passing is not only a horrible loss for Star Trek fans, but to the acting community as a whole.