Anton Yelchin, the Russian-American actor most famous for his portrayal of Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movies, has been killed in an accident with his own car.
According to reports, the 27-year-old was found dead on Sunday morning, seemingly crushed between his Jeep Cherokee and a security fence at the bottom of his Los Angeles home’s steep driveway.
Anton was born in St Petersburg to professional figure skaters who moved to the US soon after his birth. He played Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and is due to appear in the third Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, next month.
The actor was reportedly found by friends concerned by the fact that he hadn’t shown up to a late-night rehearsal. LA police say he had just gotten out of the car when it rolled back and pinned him to his gate.
JJ Abrams, the director of the first two rebooted Star Trek films, tweeted: “You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. Anton, you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you…”