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Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin dies after being struck by his own car

Police believe his car rolled back and pinned him to a pillar, in a tragic incident.

Anton Yelchin pictured in June of last year
Anton Yelchin pictured in June of last year
Image: Associated Press

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.

Los Angeles police say Yelchin was killed by his own car as it rolled backward down his driveway.

Officer Jenny Hosier says the car pinned Yelchin against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence early today. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police didn’t say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Hosier says Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal. When he didn’t show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

Indie films

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 as navigator Chekhov — 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.

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