20 June 2016
Russian-born actor, Anton Yelchin was killed in a freak accident Sunday morning after being crushed against a driveway wall by his own car.
The actor aged 27 who is best known for his role as young Russian starship navigator, Chekov, in the rebooted series of the “Star Trek” movies reportedly died early yesterday after his car rolled backwards in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and pinned him to the wall.
According to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, Jenny Houser, “the car pinned him against a brick wall and a security fence, and that trauma led to his death,” Reuters reports.
Houser also stated that no foul play was suspected, but the accident is under investigation. Yelchin had been found dead by friends after failing to arrive for a rehearsal.
Yelchin, a son of Russian figure skaters, was born in St. Petersburg and emigrated to the United States as an infant.
He began his acting career early and as a teenager gained wide attention appearing along side Anthony Hopkins in the 2001 film “Hearts in Atlantis”.
Though Yelchin featured in a lot of movies, his most popular work was as Pavel Chekov, the young navigator on the bridge of the starship Enterprise, in the 2009 re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise and its sequel – 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
He recently finished filming the third movie in the franchise, the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond,” which is set to open on July 22.
His fellow actor, John Chu, who plays Enterprise crew member, “Sulu” in the new Star Trek movies, and Justin Lin, director of the third Star Trek movie due to be released soon, paid tribute to Yelchin on social media alongside other fellow actors distraught over the tragic incident that took the life of the young actor.
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