Anton Yelchin, a charismatic rising star best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films, has died at the age of 27. He was killed in a traffic accident early on Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed, reports theguardian.
Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the LAPD, told the Hollywood Reporter: “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death.” Los Angeles County coroner’s officials confirmed Yelchin’s death. Selena Barros, an investigator with the coroner’s office, said there were “no obvious suspicious circumstances involved.”
The actor was standing behind his car, which was parked in his driveway when the vehicle rolled backwards, pinning him against a security fence, a police spokesperson told E! News.
He starred in the 2007 crime thriller “Alpha Dog” and was in the teen comedy “Charlie Bartlett and started small with roles in indie films and various television shows. His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted Star Trek films as the character Chekov — the third of which, Star Trek Beyond comes out in July, the Associated Press said.