Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Star Trek" Actor Anton Yelchin dead at 27

Anton Yelchin dead, Star Trek

Anton Yelchin 27, an actor who is known for his roles in “Star Trek” and “Alpha Dog,” died early Sunday morning in a traffic collision accident. He was 27.

“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” said a statement from his representative. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”

According to the LAPD, Yelchin was pinned by his own car at his Studio City home. Friends apparently became concerned when Yelchin did not show up for a band performance. They found him at his home pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar.

“It looks like that he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway,” the LAPD said in a statement.

Police said that the engine was still running when he was found, and that his car was in neutral. It’s not clear why he got out of his car with the engine running.

His most prominent role was as Pavel Chekhov, the Russian ensign in the rebooted “Star Trek” film series. The most recent film in the franchise, “Star Trek Beyond,” debuts on July 22.

Paramount Pictures released a statement, saying, “All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”

He was born in in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union, Yelchin and his family emigrated to the United States when he was just 6 months old, seeking political asylum.

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