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Gone Too Soon: 'Star Trek' Star Anton Yelchin Dies in Tragic Accident


The first time I ever remember seeing Anton Yelchin in a film was when I foolishly forked over my hard earned money to see Hearts in Atlantis. Not long after that, however, he showed up in a hilarious cameo on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and I'll happily admit that I became a fan that day. Sadly, the 27-year old actor was killed yesterday in a tragic accident, mere weeks before his next film, Star Trek Beyond, is about to hit theaters. 

The actor was somehow pinned between his car and a fence at his home...

The accident happened around 1:10 a.m. at Yelchin's home in Studio City, LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser told The Hollywood Reporter. "It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death," said Houser. 

Yelchin was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal and when he didn't respond, his friends went to check on him. The actor was found pinned between the car and the fence and a mailbox pillar. 

The outpouring of tributes has been overwhelming as 2016 has once more proven itself to be a bitch when it comes to taking beloved entertainers before their time. JJ Abrams, who helmed the first two Star Trek films featuring Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, tweeted this heartfelt note in the actor's honor...


Yelchin also appeared in 2011's criminally underrated The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster, who also paid tribute to the late actor...

"Anton… What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life," Foster said in a statement. "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."

It's sad whenever anyone passes before their time, but for such a promising young actor to be cut down in his prime in a senseless tragedy just makes this whole thing more difficult to swallow. Star Trek Beyond, one of the last projects the actor finished before his death, is due out July 22, and will no doubt take on a bittersweet tone no one could have intended.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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