Friday 30 September 2016

Hollywood actor Anton Yelchin (27) 'dies in freak car accident outside home'

Published 19/06/2016 | 19:04

Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin

Actor Anton Yelchin has died in a freak car accident, according to TMZ.

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The 27-year-old is best known for his roles in 'Star Trek' and 'Alpha Dog'.

The publication reports he was killed on Sunday morning at his San Fernando Valley home in California after he got pinned between his car and a letter box at his security gate.

His publicist has confirmed that he died in a fatal traffic collision.

Anton Yelchin as Charlie Bartlett in his 'consulting room'
Anton Yelchin as Charlie Bartlett in his 'consulting room'

The alarm was raised after Mr Yelchin failed to show up for a rehearsal.

His friends discovered him at his home at 1am on Sunday morning.

It was reported the engine of the car was running and the car was in neutral on the steep driveway. It is still unclear how the tragic accident occurred but police do not suspect foul play.

Yelchin made his onscreen debut in 2000 in TV series ER. He went on to star in several TV shows and movies including Along Came a Spider, The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fright Night, Terminator Salvation. He is also set to reprise his role as Chekov in Star trek Beyond later this year (16).

Paying tribute to Yelchin, Anna Kendrick wrote on Twitter.com, "This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss," while director Guillermo del Toro adds, "Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist."

"I loved Anton Yelchin so much," his Star Trek co-star John Cho adds. "He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal... I'm in ruins."

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