Anton Yelchin remembered by his 'Star Trek' family
The 27-year-old actor died on Sunday in a freak car accident
Anton Yelchin died on Sunday, his publicist and police told ABC News. The 27-year-old actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek reboot films, Terminator Salvation and House of D, was found dead, pinned between his car and a mailbox pillar in what appears to be a freak accident at his home in Los Angeles.
Anton's friends had been expecting him at a rehearsal, but when he didn't show up, they came to his home and found him dead. The car had rolled down the steep driveway by accident, reports add, and the car engine was still running.
The cast and crew of Star Trek were among many to pay tribute to Anton, who played the beloved mathematics wiz Pavel Chekov. He has a few films coming out posthumously, including Star Trek Beyond, out in cinemas next month.
J.J. Abrams, who produced Star Trek Beyond and directed the first two films, released a statement to Entertainment Weekly on behalf of the cast and crew.
Anton was our little brother. But only by years; he was as wise and clever and intellectually curious as anyone we ever knew. His laugh was preposterous – you couldn't hear it and not laugh yourself. He was funny, edgy, wild and talented beyond measure. His focus and dedication was admirable, as was his love of family, friends, literature and music.
We loved Anton, at work or at play. We are all shocked and numb and devastated by the world’s loss of an extraordinary young man.
To his family, we send you our love during this impossible time.
We will miss Anton forever.
His Star Trek family.
Read more tributes here.
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins.— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear this news... pic.twitter.com/fyQajch5kN— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Wow. Completely blown away and saddened by the news this morning about Anton. The world will miss his talents. RIP— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin, always been one of my favorite actors... Condolences to his family and friends... RIP— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin. I was a HUGE fan. Terrible news. RIP— Logan Lerman (@LoganLerman) June 19, 2016
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 19, 2016
So very sad to hear the awful news about Anton Yelchin. Such a fine actor with his whole career ahead of him. He will be remembered always.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) 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
In absolute shock over the loss of #AntonYelchin. Absolutely horrible— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin. pray for strength to his family. I never met him but I can tell he was a good man. thanks for Charlie Bartlett and House of D— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
RIP Anton Yelchin. I had the pleasure of meeting this gifted young man on the set of House of D. Such a loss. Condolences to friends/family.— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) June 19, 2016
Anton was one of the gentlest, most vibrant, hilarious people I ever had the pleasure of knowing or working with. Gone far too soon. X— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 19, 2016
So saddened by the new of Anton Yelchin:( Had the pleasure of meeting him once at a deli shop, where he noticed I was sitting alone— Aly & AJ Michalka (@alyandaj) June 19, 2016
I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) June 19, 2016