Tragedy struck this morning when well known actor, Anton Yelchin passed away in a freak accident with his car. Best known for his work as everyone’s favourite Russian, Ensign Chekov from Star Trek, a friend found Yelchin’s body pinned between his brick mailbox and his Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had been left in neutral and rolled down the hill onto the young actor.
While no one is sure why Yelchin left his car, police say that no suspicious circumstances surround the incident and this just appears to be a terrible accident. “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,” LAPD spokeswoman, Jenny Houser, told the Hollywood Reporter. The tragedy has left fans and actors alike in shock and sadness.
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
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.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
In absolute shock over the loss of #AntonYelchin. Absolutely horrible
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 19, 2016
Today we mourn the passing of Anton Yelchin. He was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. pic.twitter.com/POChZ2XwyI
— Star Trek (@StarTrekMovie) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was kind and generous. Love this pic. RIP. pic.twitter.com/31H5Nv4nuJ
— Felipe Dumas Varon (@PhoeboBuffay) June 20, 2016
To not only be taken so young, but to have such an amazingly talented person’s career cut short, it all just feels so unfair; 2016 has been a horrible year for the deaths of beloved celebrities. One of Yelchin’s final appearances on the silver screen will be on July 22, when he’ll feature as Chekov for the last time. In the meantime we’ll eagerly await Star Trek Beyond, and remember to always live long and prosper.