The news was confirmed by Yelchin's publicist Jennifer Allen. The 27 year old actor, best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movies, was killed accidentally by his car, on his driveway. "It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death," confirmed an LAPD spokeswoman speaking to The Hollywood Reporter. After failing to show up to a rehearsal hours earlier, concerned friends visited his house to find him pinned between his car, fence and mailbox.
An actor since the age of nine, Russian-born Yelchin was the son of Russian figure skaters and a rising star in Hollywood. His work and legacy balances indie flicks like the 2011 Sundance favourite Like Crazy with Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence and Jim Jarmusch's vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive with more conventional Hollywood fare like the Star Trek franchise and The Beaver, where he played opposite Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson. His parents are understandably devastated by the accident. Many Hollywood tributes are flowing in as we speak, a couple of which are included below. RIP Anton.
"Anton... What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of. I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched."
Like Crazy director Drake Doremus
"I'm still in shock. I'm having a hard time processing it. I just woke up and saw it online and thought it was a hoax, you know, like some of these things are. Then I talked to some people who confirmed it and it's just devastating. Everyone's devastated. I spoke to Felicity [Jones, his co-star], who is very devastated and very upset. And Jon Schwartz [the film's producer]. You just try to touch base with all the people you love and who changed your life, and he certainly changed all our lives."