Russian born actor Anton Yelchin was found dead this morning.
TMZ reports he killed after being pinned between his car and a mailbox in what police believe was an accident.
According to the report, he was found by friends who had been alarmed when Yelchin did not show up for a rehearsal. The car’s engine was still running and the transmission was in neutral. They also note that Yelchin’s driveway was on a steep incline.
Yelchin is best known for playing the role of Chekhov in the new Star Trek film franchise as well as roles in many other films including Alpha Dog.
Anton Yelchin was 27 years old.
Thoughts and prayers are with Yelchin’s friends and family.
UPDATE Star Trek director JJ Abrams production sent out a touching Tweet of a hand written note by the director about Yelchin’s passing:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016