Star Trek's 'Chekov' dies in freak accident, aged 27

Star Trek's 'Chekov' dies in freak accident, aged 27

Postby ntscuser » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:08 pm

He also appeared in Terminator Salvation and Like Crazy​

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Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has died in a car accident at the age of 27.

The Russian-born star was involved in a traffic collision earlier today (June 19), his publicist Jennifer Allen has confirmed. He was tragically hit by his car after it rolled down his driveway.

Los Angeles police spokesperson Jenny Hauser said in a statement: "A fatal traffic collision happened in Studio City.

"On Sunday, June 19 at 1.10 in the morning, a fatal traffic collision occurred. 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."

Yelchin was known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek movies, as well as performances in Terminator Salvation and Like Crazy.

The actor is also set to appear in Star Trek Beyond, which is released later this year.

The Star Trek studio and cast, Anna Kendrick and Guillermo del Toro were among the stars paying tribute to Yelchin, describing him as a "huge loss".
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