‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dead in freak accident

'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dead in freak accident
Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the recent “Star Trek” movies, was found dead early Sunday morning after apparently being pinned between his car and a brick mailbox on his property, TMZ reported. He was 27.

Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed the actor’s death.

He was found around 1 a.m. by friends who had been alarmed when Yelchin did not show up for a rehearsal, TMZ reported. The car’s engine was running and the car was in neutral, law enforcement sources told TMZ. Yelchin’s driveway was on a steep incline.

Officials do not suspect foul play, TMZ reported.

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” is due 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 six months old.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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