Star Trek (2009) Directed by: J.J. Abrams

The young Star Trek actor died in a freak accident.

When you see Anton Yelchin, you immediately recognize his face, boyish and charming. You remember him as Zack Mazursky in 2006’s Alpha Dog, a film noted as Justin Timberlake’s breakthrough role as an actor. You remember him as the smart and popular Charlie Bartlett, unofficial counselor to all. His biggest break came when he was given the role of Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Stark Trek reboot. Yelchin was an actor on the rise and suddenly, his rise stopped.

Yelchin died on Sunday in what’s been described as a car accident. He was 27.

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

According to early police reports, Yelchin’s car pinned him between a security gate and a mailbox pillar.

“The victim was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal,” LAPD spokesperson Jenny Hauser said. “And when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house, where they found him deceased by his car. It appeared (Yelchin) had momentarily exited his car leaving it in the driveway.”

After moving to the United States as a child, Yelchin didn’t take up his parents trade of being star members of the Leningrad Ice Ballet. Instead, he found himself deep into filmmaking almost to the point of being a film buff. His starring role as Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek led to him reprising the role in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, which is to be released in July.

“I loved Anton Yelchin so much,” Stark Trek co-star John Cho said on Twitter. “He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”

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