“Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin who plays Chekov has been killed in a tragic car accident at the age of 27.
Making his big screen debut in J.J. Abrams’ hugely successful “Star Trek” reboot back in 2009, the actor was a rising Hollywood star and played in a host of Hollywood productions. His life was cut short under tragic circumstances
Yelchin’s publicist confirmed that the actor had been killed early Sunday morning. He had been due to take part in a rehearsal earlier in the day but when he didn’t show up his friends called the police. The actor was discovered pinned between his car and a brick mailbox. It is reported that the vehicle was set to neutral and the engine was still running when the actor was found around 1am on his driveway.
Born in Russia, Yelchin moved with his family to the United States when he was a baby and later became a professional actor. He starred in a host of TV series including ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Huff’ before being cast as Chekov, starring opposite Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana in the latest Star Trek movies.
Yelchin plays in Paramount’s upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond” which is set for release July 22nd.