Drake and JJ Abrams pay tribute to late actor Anton Yelchin

Star died in a car crash on Sunday (June 19)

Drake and Star Wars director JJ Abrams have added their voices to those paying tribute to actor Anton Yelchin, who died on Sunday (June 19).

Yelchin passed away in a car crash in southern California’s San Fernando Valley. He was 27 years old.

Yelchin played Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek movies, including this year’s Star Trek Beyond, which will now be released posthumously on July 22.

Child actor-turned-rapper Drake appeared in 2007 film Charlie Bartlett alongside Yelchin. Posting a photo of them together to Instagram, Drake wrote: “Rest in peace Anton”.

Abrams, who worked with Yelchin on the Star Trek films, posted a message via the Twitter account of his Bad Robot production company. The director described Yelchin as “brilliant” and said that he “weren’t here nearly long enough”. See below.

Rest in peace Anton

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See more tributes paid to Yelchin here.

Yelchin’s 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).

The director of Like Crazy, Drake Doremus, said in a statement to Variety: “Anton was one of a kind. Such an old soul who was one of the most sincere but also funniest people I have ever met. “He taught me what being a humble and hard working artist is all about.”