It has been confirmed that Anton Yelchin has passed away due to a freak accident. According to TMZ, the actor was found pinned between his car and his mailbox, which was attached to a security gate on his property.
“It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway,” the LAPD said in a statement which was released just a few hours ago.
Police reportedly told TMZ that the engine was still running when he was found, and that his car was in neutral. It’s not clear why he got out of his car with the engine running.
Anton was best known for his role in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise where he played the character Pavel Chekhov. He was also in movies like “Charlie Bartlett” and one of my all time favorite movies, “Like Crazy”, one I would highly recommend checking out. He was also in “Fright Night”, “House”, and offered his voice to both of the Smurfs movies.
At this time there hasn’t been any other information released, no reason why his car was running, why it was in neutral or why he was behind it. His family has asked for privacy at this time.
Anton was only 27, an absolute tragedy for sure, a talented actor taken far too soon.