“Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin has died in what’s being called a freak accident. According to TMZ, a friend went to the performer’s home in the San Fernando Valley late last night after Yelchin missed a rehearsal hours earlier; once there, he found Yelchin “pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.” Yelchin was 27.
Law-enforcement officers, who do not suspect foul play, further told TMZ that the engine was running when Yelchin’s body was discovered and that the car was in neutral. They do not know why the actor, whose driveway is on a steep incline, exited his vehicle in the first place. Paramount released the following statement: “All of us at Paramount join the world in morning 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.”
Yelchin had been appearing in films since 2000, with his roles in the “Star Trek” franchise, “Terminator Salvation,” “Like Crazy” and “Only Lovers Left Alive” bringing him to wider attention in recent years. He recently starred in “Green Room” and will next be seen in “Star Trek Beyond.”