'Star Trek' actor passed away in car crash on June 19
Anton Yelchin‘s death has been officially ruled as an accident.
The Star Trek actor passed away in a car crash in southern California’s San Fernando Valley at the weekend (June 19). He was 27 years old.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has now confirmed that the death was accidental, with the cause cited as “blunt traumatic asphyxia”. The Guardian reports that Yelchin’s car rolled down his driveway and he was pinned against a security fence. He is likely to have died from his injuries within a minute.
Fiat Chrysler has also launched an investigation looking at how Yelchin’s car, a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, had been recalled due to a “rollaway risk”.
Yelchin was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia on March 11, 1989 to parents who were both professional figure skaters, but before his first birthday he and his family moved to the US.
He made his professional acting debut at the age of nine in the 2000 independent film A Man Is Mostly Water. He then appeared in episodes of TV series including ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Taken before establishing himself as an in-demand film actor.
Yelchin was cast as Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot and reprised the role in two sequels, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and this year’s Star Trek Beyond, which will now be released posthumously on July 22.
His other film roles included 2009’s Terminator Salvation, the 2011 romantic drama Like Crazy opposite Felicity Jones, and Jim Jarmusch’s cult 2013 vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive. Green Room, an acclaimed horror film in which Yelchin starred opposite Patrick Stewart and Imogen Poots, opened in cinemas last month (May).