In incredibly shocking news, it appears that actor Anton Yelchin has died. According to TMZ, Yelchin, known for Like Crazy and Star Trek, "was killed early Sunday morning after getting pinned by his own car." The actor's rep told Bustle that Yelchin was "killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."
Update: The LAPD released a statement confirming the details of Yelchin's death, revealing that the actor's car rolled backwards down his driveway, "pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence."
“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.”
Yelchin was only 27 years old at the time of his death. The alleged details surrounding the Charlie Bartlett star's tragic accident are especially harrowing. According to the TMZ report, Yelchin was discovered by friends who grew concerned after the actor was a no show at a rehearsal he was supposed to have been at. Reportedly, at approximately 1 am Sunday morning, Yelchin's friends happened upon the actor at his house, where he was stuck between his car and a brick mailbox that is said to be attached to a security gate.
TMZ notes, that at this time, the police don't suspect foul play and they aren't sure why Yelchin left his car. The cops also told TMZ that the driveway allegedly "was on a fairly steep incline" and that the car was running and in neutral when Yelchin was found. Regardless of the nature of his death, Yelchin's sudden passing is truly a grievous loss, as he was a major star on the rise with huge roles in the Star Trek franchise, Alpha Dog, and many more movies and television projects. He'll be greatly missed, and tributes to the late actor are already pouring in.