STAR TREK BEYOND actor Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the J.J. Abrams film reboot series, has passed away TMZ reported Sunday morning.
According to the outlet, friends of the actor grew worried after he didn’t meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They visited his home around 1 in the morning, only to find Yelchin “pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar, which was attached to a security gate.”
The car’s engine was running, and it was in neutral. The driveway itself is on a fairly steep incline, but it is unknown why the actor left his car.
Despite the strange incident, at this moment, law enforcement suspects no foul play. The car in question was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and while we don’t know the exact year the vehicle was made, Gizmodo noted that 2014 to 2016 models were up for a recall, as they were considered a rollaway risk for drivers. According to that specific report, the recall was set in motion after drivers were injured after they thought their vehicle to be in park. Again, it is unclear if Yelchin’s own vehicle was made in the same year as those recalled, but it is a potential answer to the question.
STAR TREK BEYOND producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin took to Twitter to express their grief and condolences.
While Yelchin may have been best known for his STAR TREK role, he had a fairly extensive resume in TV before that role took off — mostly in one-off appearances in fairly big shows. Following STAR TREK, Yelchin also took to a mix of mainstream and indie films. Some of his more mainstream fare consisted of films like THE SMURFS and TERMINATOR SALVATION. On the indie front, he starred in such obscure films as ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE and the more recent GREEN ROOM.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family.