'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies in car accident
LOS ANGELES, USA (UPDATED) – Anton Yelchin, a rising young actor who starred as Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was killed early Sunday in an automobile accident, his publicist confirmed. He was 27.
"The news is so sad and true," Jennifer Allen said in a statement.
Yelchin "was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy," the publicist said.
The accident took place in the driveway of Yelchin's San Fernando Valley home around 1:10 am (0810 GMT), when he was preparing to meet friends for a rehearsal and momentarily left his car, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Hauser said.
The car "rolled backward down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence," she said.
After he failed to show up, his friends found him dead by the car, she added, saying it was unclear how long after the accident they arrived.
Born in Russia, he came to America when he was 6 months old with his parents, who were star figure skaters with the Leningrad Ice Ballet.
He made his film debut at age 9 in A Man Is Mostly Water, and went on to win roles in television dramas and films.
His breakout performance came in the 2006 crime thriller Alpha Dog, and his movie credits include J.J Abrams's Star Trek, Star Trek into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release next month.
He starred most recently in last year's critically acclaimed thriller Green Room. He was also a member of the band HammerHeads. – Rappler.com