Shocking news broke yesterday that Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin had died following a freak motoring accident.
News emerged on Sunday that actor Anton Yelchin had died of injuries caused by a freak motoring accident. Reports suggest that the much loved star of the Star Trek movies passed away shortly after an incident where his own vehicle had travelled backwards down a steep driveway colliding with the actor, pinning him helplessly against a wall and security fence. Los Angeles Police state that Yelchin had exited the vehicle only moments before the fatal incident occurred.
The actor was found when friends, concerned that Yelchin had not arrived for rehearsals, visited the star’s home to discover the actor’s body. Yelchin’s death was confirmed by his publicist Jennifer Allen, he was only 27 years old.
Born in Russia Yelchin was the only child of professional figure skaters who moved to America when he was only six months old. Yelchin’s family have requested that their privacy be respected in this time of mourning.
Tributes have been flooding in, not least from his Star Trek co-stars:
John Cho (Sulu) posted on twitter – “I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”
Zachary Quinto (Spock) offered these touching words via instagram – “One of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. so enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”.
Karl Urban (Bones) was clearly shocked by the news – “I can’t believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !”.
Paramount Pictures also paid tribute – “All of us at Paramount Pictures join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Anton 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.”.
Yelchin leaves behind him an impressive body of work with notable appearances in Green Room, Fright Night and Terminator: Salvation in which Yelchin played Kyle Reese. However, his career breakthrough came with his portrayal of Pavel Chekov in the 2009 reboot of the the ‘Star Trek’ cinematic franchise.
With boyish charm and enthusiasm Yelchin’s portrayal of the Russian crew mate was a highlight of the film offering light hearted breaks in an otherwise action packed film. Yelchin reprised his role in ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ four years later and once more in next month’s third instalment ‘Star Trek: Beyond’.