Anton Yelchin is dead at 27, his rep confirms to Gossip Cop. The Star Trek star died tragically Sunday morning when his car rolled and pinned him against a mailbox. The LAPD is terming Yelchin’s death a “fatal traffic collision,” and stresses foul play is not suspected.
Gossip Cop is told friends of Yelchin were concerned when he hadn’t met them for a rehearsal, so they went to his house in the San Fernando Valley section on Los Angeles. Upon arriving, they shockingly found Yelchin’s car running and the actor, who also starred in Alpha Dog, pinned against his brick mailbox by the security gate on his driveway, which is on a decline. Yelchin’s rep asks that everyone respect “the family’s privacy” as they mourn his tragic and unexpected death.
Yelchin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and emigrated to the United States as an infant. He is survived by his parents Irina Korina and Viktor Yeltchin, who were famous figure skaters.
He began acting as a child. Yelchin’s role as Jacob Clarke in Steven Spielberg’s miniseries “Taken” helped catapult his career. In addition to TV, he also starred in such other films as Terminator Salvation and Fright Night, as well as in the Smurf movies. Yelchin had just finished production on Star Trek Beyond and was set to begin production on the TV series “Mr. Mercedes.”
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