Anton Yelchin, Dies at 27


May 8, 2013
Anton Yelchin, 'Star Trek' Actor, Dies at 27

He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist confirmed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, has died at the age of 27.

He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed. Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller Alpha Dog and the teenage comedy Charlie Bartlett.

The accident happened around 1:10 am at Yelchin's home in Studio City, LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser told THR.

"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.

His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted Star Trek films - the third of which, Star Trek Beyond comes out July 22.

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin's family requests privacy at this time.


Jul 22, 2006
Wow. So tragic. I happen to be watching Star Trek right now. Also loved him in the Fright Night remake.
Mar 14, 2010

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday it would investigate a crash that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin when he was struck by his recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Yelchin was killed when the SUV rolled away and pinned him against a fence in Los Angeles, police said on Sunday.

Fiat Chrysler in April recalled more than 1.1 million cars and SUVsworldwide because vehicles may roll away after drivers exit, an issue linked to 41 injuries.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1M vehicles for parking problem

The company had told owners it hoped to come up with a "permanent" remedy by the fourth quarter.

Fiat Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said the company would conduct a "thorough investigation" of the incident.

"It is premature to speculate on its cause at this time," he added.

Young actor Anton Yelchin, 27, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, according to police. (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

Found pinned against pillar, fence

The Los Angeles Police Department told CBC News that Yelchin was found pinned against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence. Russian-born Yelchin was on his way to a rehearsal when the accident happened. Friends found him after going to his Studio City home when he didn't show up after several hours.

Star Trek's Anton Yelchin dead after being pinned by own car

Yelchin played Chekov in the revamped Star Trek franchise, including in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, to be released next month. His credits also include the Steven Spielberg miniseriesTaken and the Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive.