Star Trek star Anton Yelchin has passed away at age 27. Yelchin was injuried in a car accident at his house around 1:10 am the morning of June 19th, 2016. LAPD spokesperson Jenny Houser said that “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death.” The police went on to say that Yelchin was supposed to meet up with friends but when he failed to show up his friends went looking for him and he was found between his car, mailbox and fence.
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Yelchin has acted in countless movies, but the role he was best known for was the reimagined Star Terk francsiche in which he played Chekov. The newest installment is slated to come out later this summer. The studio responsible for the movie, Paramount Pictures issued a statement.
“All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”
J.J. Abrams who directed the first two movies took to his production company’s Twitter to express his grief at the loss
After the announcement of his death, numerous tributes and statements appeared on social media to Yelchin who had been acting since childhood.
Jodie Foster who he co- starred with in The Beaver issued this statement:
“Anton… What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life, He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of. I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”
In 2011 Yelchin starred opposite Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence in Like Crazy. Drake Doremus who co-wrote and directed the movie had this to say to The HollyWood Reporter:
“I’m still in shock,I’m having a hard time processing it. I just woke up and saw it online and thought it was a hoax, you know, like some of these things are. Then I talked to some people who confirmed it and it’s just devastating.” He continued, “Everyone’s devastated. I spoke to Felicity, who is very devastated and very upset. And Jon Schwartz [the film’s producer]. You just try to touch base with all the people you love and who changed your life, and he certainly changed all our lives.”
Yeltsin also starred in such movies as Rudderless (2014) ; Michael Almereyda‘s Cymbeline* (2015), Broken Horses* (2015). DreamWork’s Fright Night remake (2011), and The Smurfs.
His Final Movie will be Star Trek Beyond which is slated to hit theaters July 22, 2016.
We send our condolences to his family, friends and all of his fans.