LOS ANGELES (WNCN/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 an incident early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.
According to Los Angeles Police, Yelchin’s friends were worried when he didn’t meet them for a rehearsal on Saturday, Entertainment Tonight reported. When the friends went to check on him and arrived at his house at 1 a.m. Pacific time, they found him pinned between his car, a mailbox, and a security gate, Entertainment Tonight reported.
“The speculation is that he got out of the car and it was in neutral and rolled back on him,” the LAPD told Entertainment Tonight.
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.”
His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted “Star Trek” films – the third of which, “Star Trek Beyond” comes out in July.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report