Anton Yelchin’s death was confirmed by his publicist
Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in recently released Star Trek films, has died in a car accident at the age of 27.
The actor had risen to prominence with several blockbuster films in recent years – and has a starring role in Star Trek Beyond, which is due to be released in July.
Publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed Yelchin was killed early on Sunday morning.
The died in a freak accident after getting pinned between his car and a brick mailbox at his home.
Yelchin was discovered after concerned friends visited his home in San Fernando Valley, California, because he had failed to attend a rehearsal hours earlier.
LAPD spokesman Jenny Hauser said: “It was the result of the victim’s own car rolling backwards down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence.
“The victim was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal.
“And when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house, where they found him deceased by his car.
“It appeared he had momentarily exited his car leaving it in the driveway.”
Paramount Pictures, the film company which makes Star Trek, said in a statement: “All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Antony 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.”
An only child, Yelchin was born in Russia and moved to the US as a baby with his parents, who were professional figure skaters.
Fellow TV and film stars, as well as fans, have paid tribute to Yelchin on Twitter.
British comedian Matt Lucas wrote: “Dreadful news about Anton Yelchin. I thought he was an amazing actor.”
Actress Anna Kendrick described Yelchin’s death as “unreal” and a “huge loss”.
He had begun his acting career when he was just nine years old.