BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Star Trek actor, Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27. The actor died yesterday morning in a car accident. The actor played the role of Chekov in three Star Trek films including the soon to be released Star Trek Beyond.
According to THR ,
The accident happened around 1:10 a.m. at Yelchin’s home in Studio City, LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser told The Hollywood Reporter. “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,” said Houser.
Yelchin was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal and when he didn’t respond, his friends went to check on him. The actor was found pinned between the car and the fence and a mailbox pillar.
Yelchin stars in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, which is set to open July 22.
The film’s studio, Paramount Pictures, released a statement on Yelchin’s death:
All of us at Paramount 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.
Tributes have been pouring in for the actor since the news of death broke. Star Trek director, J.J Abrams said: “You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you. JJ”
His Star Trek co-star, John Cho said, ‘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.’
Film maker, Jodie Foster said in a statement, “Anton… What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of. I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”
Anton Yelchin starred in Jodie’s 2011 movie The Beaver.
His family has also asked for privacy to mourn him in a statement that reads:
‘Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.’
Anton was the only child of his parents. May his soul rest in peace.