Actor Anton Yelchin died after a car accident early Sunday. The 27-year-old performer was best known for his role as Chekov in director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” films.
“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” his representative, Jennifer Allen, said in a statement (via Variety). “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”
The collision may not have been between two cars. TMZ reported that the “Alpha Dog” star was pinned between his own car, whose gear was in neutral, and a brick mailbox that was attached to a security gate. The surface reportedly featured a steep incline, but it isn’t clear why Yelchin left his vehicle. Officials believe it was an accident.
The actor appears in several movies that will be released posthumously. He’ll be seen as Chekov in July’s “Star Trek Beyond.” He also recently completed work on the family drama “We Don’t Belong Here” with Catherine Keener and the sci-fi flick “Rememory” with Peter Dinklage. Neither have release dates yet. A romance titled “Porto” and a thriller titled “Thoroughbred” are also listed as being in post-production on his IMDb page.
In addition, Yelchin planned to perform in roles in a couple of TV presentations that have yet to begin production. He’ll likely be replaced in “Mr. Mercedes” and “Trollhunters.”
Yelchin’s friends, colleagues and admirers have started reacting to his death on social media:
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin has always been one of my favorite actors. I've seen every movie. This is awful. Im so sorry for his family & friends.
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) June 19, 2016
I am heartbroken to hear about Anton Yelchin. Horrible. In the brief time we spent together, his talent and kindness impressed me so much
— marti noxon (@martinoxon) June 19, 2016
RIP Anton Yelchin. A sad day.
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
I met and interviewed Anton Yelchin many times. Was always so nice and humble and a great person to talk to. Stunned to hear the news.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 19, 2016
Stunned and saddened to hear about Anton Yelchin's death. A sweet and talented guy.
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) June 19, 2016
I just heard about my sweet, sweet talented friend #AntonYelchin and his horrible accident. I'm in complete shock. He had far more to say...
— Tyler Hilton (@TylerHilton) June 19, 2016
— Chad Michael Murray (@ChadMMurray) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about my friend #AntonYelchin dying in a freak car accident. Such a sweet, quirky, talented guy. RIP brother ❤️❤️❤️
— Gary Michael Walters (@garymwalters) June 19, 2016