‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin has died, aged 27

Actor was killed in a car crash earlier this morning (June 19)

Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has passed away at the age of 27.

Yelchin was killed in a car crash in southern California’s San Fernando Valley earlier this morning (June 19), his publicist Jennifer Allen has confirmed after TMZ broke news of his death.

His family has asked for privacy at this time.

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).

2 Broke Girls actress Kat Dennings has paid tribute to Yelchin on Twitter, describing him as “one of my best friends”.

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