Star Trek's Anton Yelchin Dies In Tragic Car Accident

Remembered by the Star Trek community

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin as Chekov.Paramount/StarTrek.com

Anton Yelchin, the actor famous for playing Pavel Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies, died suddenly yesterday in a tragic accident. The 27-year-old actor was crushed by his own car when it rolled down the driveway at his home.

As news spread, Star Trek fans were left in shock, posting remembrances of the actor on social media. Especially poignant were notes from Yelchin's compatriots on the Star Trek cast and crew.

In a note shared with Entertainment Weekly members of the current Star Trek cast and crew shared this note:

Anton was our little brother. But only by years; he was as wise and clever and intellectually curious as anyone we ever knew. His laugh was preposterous – you couldn’t hear it and not laugh yourself. He was funny, edgy, wild and talented beyond measure. His focus and dedication was admirable, as was his love of family, friends, literature and music. We loved Anton, at work or at play. We are all shocked and numb and devastated by the world’s loss of an extraordinary young man. To his family, we send you our love during this impossible time. We will miss Anton forever. His Star Trek family

- Entertainment Weekly

Many people in the larger Star Trek community paid tribute to him as well.

The acting community in general was shaken, with actors from all kinds of backgrounds paying tribute to a life that ended far too quickly.

Rest in peace, Mr. Yelchin.