Talented Actor Dies in Freak Accident at Age 27

Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, has died at the age of 27. Early Father’s Day morning, Yelchin was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox. His driveway is on an incline and his car was found still running and in neutral. Later that day he was pronounced dead, his publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed.

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The young actor started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller “Alpha Dog” and the teenage comedy “Charlie Bartlett.” His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted “Star Trek” films — the third of which, “Star Trek Beyond” comes out in July. Facebook users have been sharing emotional posts in tribute to the talented star.

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia to Jewish parents. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin’s family requests privacy at this time.

 

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