'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Killed in Freak Car Accident at Age 27

Fans of the 'Star Trek' reboot are mourning Sunday after news broke of the death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov.

Fans of the Star Trek reboot are mourning after news broke of the death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov.

The Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon that Yelchin was killed in a car crash, though other reports referred to it as a "freak accident" at his California home.

TMZ reported that Yelchin was discovered pinned between his car and a brick mailbox by friends who arrived to his San Fernando Valley home at 1 a.m. Sunday when he failed to show up to a meeting.

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Police said the car's engine was running and the car in neutral gear when they arrived.

He was 27.

Yelchin, who was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. as a baby, won the highly visible role after appearing in indie films including Alpha Dog and the the comedy Charlie Bartlett.

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The actor's mother and father, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were both successful professional ice skaters.

The family has requested privacy at this time.

The third installment of the classic space adventure reboot, Star Trek Beyond, is out in July.

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