Anton Yelchin, who played the role of Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was sadly killed in a car accident at his Los Angeles home over the weekend.
According to E! News, a police spokesperson claims the 27-year-old actor was reportedly standing behind his car that was parked in his driveway and the vehicle rolled backwards, pinning him against a brick mailbox and a security fence. Apparently he had been on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal and when he didn't show up, they went to his house and found his body.
Yelchin's rep has been contacted and he told E! News, “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”
Anton made his onscreen acting debut in 2000 in an episode of ER. Then he went on to star in films such as Hearts in Atlantis, Alpha Dog and Charlie Bartlett and TV shows such as The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Huff before being cast as engineer Pavel Chekov, known as just Chekov, in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.
The actor came back for more to star in the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and also plays the part in an upcoming third film, Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release on July 22.
Director of the Star Trek reboots J.J. Abrams was quick to make comment about the passing of the actor. J.J. took to Twitter to tell fans, Yelchin was “funny as hell, and supremely talented,” in a hand-written note that he shared on Twitter.
RIP Chekov <3