Yelchin first gained critical attention for his work as Zack Mazursky in Alpha Dog and the title role in Charlie Bartlett before going on to major studio production like Star Trek, Terminator Salvation and the underrated Fright Night remake. Throughout his career he continued to pick exciting roles and work with repected veteran filmmakers like Jim Jarmush on Only Lover Left Alive and Joe Dante on Burying the Ex, as well as exciting upcoming voices like Drake Doremus on Like Crazy and Jeremy Saulnier on this year’s critically acclaimed Green Room.
Yelchin’s yet-to-be-released films include Rememory, We Don’t Belong Here and the latest Star Trek installment, Star Trek Beyond, which is set to arrive in theaters this July. He was also cast in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Mercedes.
The LAPD has confirmed the details of the accident.
“A fatal traffic collision happened in Studio City. On Sunday, June 19 at 1:10 in the morning, a fatal traffic collision occurred. It was the result of the victim’s own car rolling backwards down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence,” said LAPD spokesperson Jenny Hauser. “The victim was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal. And when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house, where they found him deceased by his car. It appeared he had momentarily exited his car leaving it in the driveway.”
Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Star Trek, has also released an official statement on Yelchin’s passing.
"All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.
Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family."
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