“Star Trek” Actor Anton Yelchin Killed In Car Accident

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Anton Yelchin, a young actor best known for appearing in the rebooted Star Trek film series, died in a car accident on Sunday, according to his publicist.

“Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” publicist Jennifer Allen told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”

Here is the report from TMZ:

Yelchin’s friends became alarmed because he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.

Law enforcement tells us the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline. It’s unclear why he got out of the car.

Cops do not suspect foul play.

Yelchin played the role of Chekov in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release later this year. Originally from Russia, Anton and his family emigrated to the US when he was six-months old and became interested in acting from a very young age.

Yelchin was 27 at the time of his death.

 

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