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Actor Anton Yelchin dead at 27

Published 19/06/2016

Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin

The actor was killed in a freak car accident on Sunday (19Jun16).

Actor Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27.

The Star Trek star passed away on Sunday (19Jun16) morning after he was pinned in between his car and brick mailbox at his San Fernando Valley home.

"Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning," a statement from his publicist to Us Weekly magazine reads. "His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."

According to TMZ.com, the 27-year-old was supposed to meet friends for a rehearsal and they became concerned after he failed to show up. They went to his home and found his body. However, it is not clear how he became trapped or why he exited the vehicle.

Police officers reportedly do not suspect foul play, but they have told the publication his car was running and in neutral when they found him. The driveway was also on a steep incline.

Yelchin made his onscreen debut in 2000 in TV series ER. He went on to star in several TV shows and movies including Along Came a Spider, The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fright Night, Terminator Salvation. He is also set to reprise his role as Chekov in Star trek Beyond later this year (16).

Paying tribute to Yelchin, Anna Kendrick writes on Twitter.com, "This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss," while director Guillermo del Toro adds, "Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist."

"I loved Anton Yelchin so much," his Star Trek co-star John Cho adds. "He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal... I'm in ruins."

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