The Green Room actor was found by friends in the early hours of Sunday morning
Anton Yelchin – the star of Charlie Bartlett, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Star Trek – has been killed by his own car in a freak accident in Los Angeles.
The 27-year-old actor was reportedly struck by the 2.5 tonne vehicle after it rolled down the steep incline of his driveway. According to LA police officer Jenny Hosier, his body was found pinned against a brick postbox and a security pillar in the early hours of Sunday morning. “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,” Hosier told the Hollywood Reporter.
Concerned friends of Yelchin made the discovery after he didn’t turn up for a rehearsal on Saturday evening. After not hearing from him for several hours, the group headed to the actor’s home and stumbled across the scene. The car – a Jeep Grand Cherokee – was set to neutral, with the engine still running.
Star Trek director JJ Abrams was one of the many to pay tribute to the “brilliant” Yelchin shortly after the tragic news broke. “You were kind,” he wrote. “You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. Anton, you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you.”
The actor's publicist Jennifer Allen also confirmed the news, and added that his family had requested privacy.
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins.— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Beyond sad and stunned to hear about Anton Yelchin.— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) June 19, 2016
My thoughts are with his family and friends.
The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you'd ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked. https://t.co/uyg2NlmhqP— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
As far as I am concerned, 2016 cannot end fast enough.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016