Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for his role as Chekov in the J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot, died early Sunday morning in a freak car accident.
Yelchin “was on his way to meet his friends for a rehearsal and when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house where they found him deceased by his car,” said Jennifer Houser with the Los Angeles Police Department. “It appears that he momentarily left his car, leaving it in the driveway. He was behind the vehicle when it rolled backward and pinned him to the brick pillar causing the trauma that led to his death.”
Director J.J Abrams expressed his condolences on Twitter.
“Anton, you were brilliant,” he wrote. “You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you…”
Other actors also took to Twitter to express their feelings after receiving the news of Yelchin’s death.
“Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” posted actor Chris Evans.
Alpha Dog co-star Emile Hirsch called Yelchin “a great friend, a true friend, and an artist.”
Despite his young age at the time of his death, Yelchin already had a considerable list of movies and TV appearances under his belt. He began his acting career at the age of 10 when he appeared in an episode of “ER.” He later had roles in films including “Charlie Bartlett,” in which he starred alongside Robert Downey Jr, the romance movie “Like Crazy,” and the indie thriller “Green Room.”