Sun. Feb 5th, 2023
Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, 27, killed in freak accident

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Anton Yelchin, the Russian-American actor best known for his portrayal of Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboots, has died in a crash involving his own car.

According to reports, the 27-year-old was found dead Sunday morning, apparently crushed between his Jeep Cherokee and a security fence at the bottom of the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home.

Yelchin was born in Saint Petersburg to professional figure skaters who moved to the US shortly after his birth. He played Chekov in 2009 Star Trek and that of 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness and will appear in the third Star Trek movie, Star Trek past, next month.

The actor was reportedly found by friends who were concerned that he had failed to show up for a late night rehearsal. LA police say he had just gotten out of the car when it rolled back and pinned him against his gate.

Tributes have poured in from Hollywood peers, including JJ Abrams, the director of the first two reboots Star Trek movies. He tweeted: “You were nice. You were incredibly funny and extremely talented. Anton, you weren’t here long enough. I miss you…”

Justin Lin, who directed the third iteration of Star Trek, also wrote about his shock at the sudden death.

His castmate Zachary Quinto said on Instagram: “our dear friend. Our comrade. Our Anton. One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. So immensely talented and generous at heart. Wise for his age. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family in this impossible time of grief.”

Yelchin reportedly owned a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit California Edition, and while there is currently no suggestion that this model is faulty, some media reports have suggested that other models of Jeep, which are manufactured by Italian company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, are too are being recalled for not sounding warnings to drivers when they got out that their vehicles had been left in neutral instead of parked.

In April of this year, Fiat Chrysler issued a voluntary recall of Grand Cherokees built between July 16, 2012 and December 22, 2015. The company has yet to comment on Yelchin’s accident.

A report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said: “The affected vehicles… may not adequately warn the driver when the driver’s door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear.”

Yelchin began his career in independent film at the age of nine A man is mostly water. He has also appeared in many other movies including Like crazy, alpha dog, Scare Nightand A spider passed by.

Frame image by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

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