Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing the young Russian star ship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of Star Trek movies, is dead.
Spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, Jenny Houser, said he was killed when his own car accidentally crushed him against a driveway wall.
“The Russian-born Yelchin, 27, died shortly after he apparently stepped out of his car in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and it rolled backwards.
“The car pinned him against a brick wall and a security fence, and that trauma led to his death.”
Houser said Yelchin was due at a rehearsal, and when he did not show up, friends went to his house and found him dead.
No foul play was suspected, but the accident was under investigation, she added.
A number of actors and others who worked with Yelchin took to social media with tributes and expressions of dismay.
“Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton,” Justin Lin, who directed Yelchin in his third Star Trek movie said.
“Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.”
Yelchin was best known for assuming the role of Pavel Chekov, the young navigator on the bridge of the star ship Enterprise, for the 2009 re-launch of the Star Trek film franchise.
The two sequels – 2013’s “Star Trek into Darkness” and the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond,” are set to open on July 22.
The Chekov character was originally played on television in the 1960s “Star Trek” series, and in the first seven big-screen adaptations of the show, by Walter Koenig, who died in 1994.
Early in his career as a teenager, Yelchin gained wide attention appearing with Anthony Hopkins in the 2001 film “Hearts in Atlantis” and with Robin Williams in 2004’s “House of D”.
Yelchin played Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Taken” and also appeared in the films “Terminator Salvation,” “Charlie Bartlett,” “Fright Night,” “Like Crazy,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive” between 2007 and 2013.