Sad news is breaking that in the early hours of Sunday, June 19, the Russian-born actor Anton Yelchin, died in a bizarre car accident in his own driveway. The 27-year-old was best known for playing the brainy Pavel Chekov in the modern reboot of the Star Trek series.
According to TMZ, Yelchin's friends went to his San Fernando Valley house after Anton failed to show up to a rehearsal. There, at about 1 AM, they found their friend pinned between a brick mailbox and his own car at the bottom of a steep driveway. The car was in neutral. As of yet, police do not suspect foul play.
As a young up-and-coming actor, Anton's death has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, particularly among his Star Trek castmates. The newest installment of the franchise is set for release on July 22. This will be a tough month for his friends, who will all contractually have to do press circuits for the film.
Many others weighed in from Hollywood and beyond.
RIP Anton Yelchin 1989-2016.