From across the worlds of film, music and sports, we know that this has been a bad year for the sheer frequency of celebrity deaths, and now we sadly have to report another. Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for playing Ensign Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek series of films, was found dead this morning at his Los Angeles home in what’s being described as an accidental death. He was only 27 years old.
“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time,” his publicist, Jennifer Allen said in a statement. Early reports have said that the actor was found pinned by his car against the wall of his garage, evidently crushed to death. The police say no foul play was involved.
Yeltsin began is career at the age of 11 on an episode of ER, but quickly began amassing movie roles like the Stephen King adaptation Hearts in Atlantis and the crime drama Along Came a Spider. He worked steadily for years until he secured two big franchises, the first was playing the young Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation, and the other was Star Trek where he would one up Walter Koenig by being an actual Russian playing Chekov (Yeltchin was born in St. Petersburg).
Yelchin would go on to secure roles in many more movies including The Beaver, Like Crazy, Burying the Ex, the Fright Night remake, Only Lovers Left Alive, and his most the voice of Clumsy in two Smurfs movies. Yelchin recently appeared in the critically-acclaimed The Green Room and was about to be seen again as Chekov in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.
“All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all,” said Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Star Trek, in a statement. “We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”