Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has died aged 27, his representatives have confirmed.
Ryan Parker, a writer for The Hollywood Reporter, also confirmed the news in a series of tweets, writing that Anton was crushed to death when his own car ran over him at 1am.
“Anton Yelchin, pinned between his car, a mailbox pillar and a security fence, sustained fatal traumatic injuries, police tell me. He was 27,” read one tweet.
He added that the actor had “exited his car for a brief moment and it rolled down his ‘steep driveway’ onto him.”
Anton began his career on TV series ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order.
He was also praised for his role in 2006’s Alpha Dog, but was most recognised for his recent turn in the Star Trek remakes – in which he played Pavel Chekov.
The latest movie in the series – Star Trek Beyond – is set for release this winter.
Famous friends and co-stars have paid tribute to the actor, with fellow Star Trek actor, Kiwi Karl Urban taking to Twitter to express his grief.
“I can’t believe it, I’m fckn hurting bad!”
Likewise Kat Dennings, who starred opposite Anton in teen flick Charlie Bartlett, wrote; “Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like.”
One Tree Hill heartthrob Chad Michael Murray wrote: “Just heard about Anton Yelchin what a great talent and good young man. Gone far too soon…God bless. Terrible loss. You’ll be missed.”
And his Star Trek director J.J. Abrams penned a handwritten note that he uploaded to Twitter, paying tribute to the tragic star.
“Anton, you were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you…JJ.”
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