Star Trek's Anton Yelchin Has Passed Away At 27

This year seems to be full of tragedy, and the members of the Hollywood elite are no exception. While we've lost plenty of film and TV legends this year, the latest unexpected death has taken one of the younger stars. Unfortunately, actor Anton Yelchin has tragically passed away at the age of 27 years old.

TMZ is reporting that Anton Yelchin passed away early this morning in a tragic vehicular accident. It has been reported that Yelchin's friends traveled to his San Fernando Valley home where they found the young actor pinned between his personal car and a brick mailbox. After the authorities were contacted, it was reported that the engine in Yelchin's car was still running and the car was in neutral. The driveway was apparently rather steep, which is perhaps how the accident occurred. It remains unclear why Anton left his car.

Police officers reportedly do not suspect foul play, but the incident is being called a "freak accident" by various sources.

Anton Yelchin was perhaps best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the recent reboot of the Star Trek series. He appeared in all three of the films thus far, including this summer's anticipated Star Trek Beyond, which will now be released posthumously.

Anton Yelchin was also recently seen as a leading role in the thriller Green Room, alongside Patrick Stewart. He will also be seen posthumously in a drama called We Don't Belong Here alongside SNL greats like Molly Shannon and Maya Rudolph. If the past few years of his career was any indication, there were big things ahead of Anton Yelchin before this tragic passing.

To celebrate his career, comedic timing, and captivating screen presence enjoy some of his finer moments from Star Trek below.

Anton Yelchin was born in Russia. He is the child of two professional figure staters who decided to move to the United States when Anton was still a baby. The family is asking for privacy at this time, according to the Associated Press.

While Yelchin was perhaps best known for his roles in Star Trek, he had an impressive early career as well. He first rose to prominence in the mid 2000's with leading roles in Alpha Dog and Charlie Bartlett. From there, Yelchin would continue his ascent on screen with Terminator Salvation, as well as voicing Clumsy Smurf in all of the Smurf movies, before landing his supporting role in Star Trek.

Anton Yelchin's passing is a loss of light and talent and we here at Cinema Blend are thinking of his loved ones at this time.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.