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.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016
His death was felt throughout the industry.
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Just found out about Anton Yelchin. Horrible shock.
— James Bourne (@JamesBourne) June 20, 2016
Love you A pic.twitter.com/blrzJnBpaq
— Drake Doremus (@drakedoremus) June 19, 2016
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 19, 2016