‘Star Trek’ star Anton Yelchin dies after getting pinned between car, mailbox

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LOS ANGELES – Actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in recent “Star Trek” movies, was killed in a traffic collision early Sunday morning, his representative Jennifer Allen said.

Yelchin was 27 years old.

Yelchin’s friends, who grew concerned after he did not show up to their Saturday event, found him pinned between a car and a mailbox at the bottom of a steep driveway in Studio City, according to TMZ. The car was in neutral and the engine was still running, TMZ reported.

Police said they did not suspect foul play.

Yelchin made his acting debut in 2000 at the age of 10 in the popular medical drama ER, according to his IMDb page.

He’s appeared in numerous films and television series, but was perhaps best known for his role as Chekov in the “Star Trek” reboot.  The latest film in the popular franchise, “Star Trek Beyond,” is slated for release on July 22.

Celebrities took to social media to mourn the actor and express their sorrow after his death was confirmed.

“Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like,” tweeted Kat Dennings, who appeared with Yelchin in “Charlie Bartlett.”

John Cho, his “Star Trek” costar, said he was “in ruins” after learning that Yelchin had died.

“I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son,” Cho tweeted. “Please send your love to Anton’s family right now. They need it.”

Actress Anna Kendrick also tweeted about Yelchin’s death.

This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss,” she wrote. 

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia to parents who were professional figure skaters, according to IMDb. The family moved to the U.S. when he was six months old.