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'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies at 27

Anton Yelchin, popular for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, has died. He was 27.

'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies at 27

Yelchin's publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed that the actor was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning. The accident happened around 1:10 a.m. at Yelchin's home in Studio City, LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser told The Hollywood Reporter. "It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death," said Houser.

Yelchin's friend found him pinned between the car and the fence and a mailbox pillar. Yelchin stars in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, scheduled to release on July 22. The film's studio, Paramount Pictures, released a statement on Yelchin's death:

"All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family."

Star Trek director J.J. Abrams posted a tribute to the actor through his Bad Robot Productions Twitter page and said: "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"