Hollywood actor Anton Yelchin,best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday. He was 27.

The car pinned Yelchin against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, officer Jenny Hosier said. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, Hosier said. When he didn’t show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

A note handwritten by the director was shared from the official Twitter account of JJ’s production company Bad Robot.

His death was felt throughout the industry.