Anton Yelchin Dead

Anton Yelchin, of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Films and TV's Huff, Dead at 27

Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film franchise and on TV played son to Hank Azaria’s Huff, was found dead on Sunday after getting pinned between his car and his home’s security gate. He was 27.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news (since confirmed by the Associated Press), Yelchin’s body was found by friends at 1 am in the morning, after he was a no-show for a rehearsal. His body was pinned between the car, its engine in neutral and still running, and a mailbox attached to his San Fernando Valley home’s security gate, which was at the bottom of a steep incline.

“Devastated about Anton Yelchin,” Azaria shared on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “He was a very sweet kid. My heart goes out to his family.” Paget Brewster, who played Yelchin’s Huff mom, later shared, “My love and prayers go out to Irina and Viktor Yelchin,” the actor’s parents.

In addition to his run as teenage Byrd Huffstodt on Showtime’s Huff, Yelchin’s TV credits included the alien abduction miniseries Taken, The Practice and episodes of Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. His film resume meanwhile also featured Odd Thomas, Fright Night, Like Crazy, Charlie Bartlett and Alpha Dog.

Yelchin was set to star as Mr. Mercedes in AT&T Audience Network’s 10-episode adaptation of the Stephen King novel. He also was announced this week as part of the voice cast for Guillermo del Toro upcoming Netflix series Trollhunters. King and Del Toro in turn reacted to the tragic news on Twitter:

Yelchin’s Star Trek family has also taken to social media to express their grief, including producer J.J. Abrams:

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  1. Toby says:

    RIP. Sad news.

  2. CJ says:

    Truly heartbreaking. He was very talented and far too young.

  3. Michelle says:

    OMG. This is so sad!

  4. Loc says:

    OMG in actual shock….. RIP

  5. r says:

    omg what a horrible accident … maybe tvline could remove the tacky advertisement in the middle of this horrific story.

  6. Sarah says:

    Wow. So sad.

  7. Steven says:

    Oh my god, I assumed he was cast in a new show! When I read the headline my heart dropped. So awful! I loved him in Charlie Bartlett and Star Trek.

  8. Tony says:

    Completely shocked. So freaking young

  9. Matt Toomb says:

    Insane that he was just about to play a character who kills people with a car. RIP Chekov.

  10. Alichat says:

    Oh my god….that’s so awful. He was such a talented young man.

  11. Gen says:

    RIP. He was so great in Odd Thomas, it really breaks my heart.

    • Casto says:

      Odd Thomas was a great movie and was amazing in it. One of the most underrated and unknown gems of the last 10 years.

  12. Mr. S says:

    Sounds like he was just getting his mail…

  13. Annie says:

    It’s been a while since the 27 club has added a member. RIP to the poor guy.

    • Patrick M Doyle says:

      Its a REALLY $#!++Y club to join BUT even w/o being a avid fan of their music (Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain) its CERTAINLY *DOES* know talent when it takes them…
      Live Long & Prosper Mr. Chekov!

  14. Kim R says:

    How horrible. :(

  15. Jfur says:

    Wow so tragic loved him since charlie bartlet.

  16. Trekkie says:

    RIP. So sad.

  17. Rachel says:

    I just…like I can’t pickup my jaw. I can’t believe it. So sad and so young. RIP…

  18. Kmayne says:

    This is very sad. Wow his talent will be missed

  19. rowan77 says:

    So horribly sad! It looks like he may have forgotten to put on the parking brake. His driveway is on an incline, so I think he may have run back to get his mail and didn’t hear the car rolling down. I live in Studio City. Terrible, sad news.

    • Jenny says:

      They just recalled the type of car he had. It wasn’t his mistake. So sad and heartbreaking. Absolutely horrible. And too late that now, a young, innocent person had to die before they could realize their careless mistake.

  20. Megan says:

    No! So sad and what a horrible accident. I loved that guy. Charlie Bartlett is one of my favorite movies and he was great in Hearts in Atlantis at what must have been 11 or 12 years old.

  21. Big Cheddar says:

    Such terrible news. What a great actor. He was fantastic in every role.

  22. knd24 says:

    This year just sucks. I can’t handle losing any more people.

  23. Sandy Nevling says:

    The world is heartbroken! Such a talented young man and sweet person. Be with God

  24. George H. says:

    He was great in Hearts In Atlantis. He really brought Stephen King’s character alive in the movie. Loved him in the Star Trek movies as well. Have always wanted to see Charlie Bartlett, but never got around to doing it. I will tonight to honor such a great actor. He will be missed.

  25. go well into the night odd one

  26. lori says:

    He was equally good in Star Trek and indie movies, just saw him recently in Rudderless, loved Charlie Bartlett. Such a shame, he was too young. Terrible past 10 days. may he rest in peace.

  27. Arlene says:

    Awful news. Terrible, sad

  28. Andrew Hass says:

    My condolences to his family.Plus with the new Star Trek movie coming out soon i’m wonder if there might be some kind of tribute to the actor put in somehow.

  29. liame says:

    RIP Yelchin.

  30. That doesn’t make any sense… Who was driving the car? Why was he pinned? How could he have done that by himself? How could it be that he was just discovered that way if there was no one there operating the vehicle? So many questions, gone way too soon…

    • Gilded Lady says:

      Did you even read the story? The car was in neutral, and it was on a steep incline. Who knows, maybe he thought he’d be quick enough that there wouldn’t be a problem. And he discovered when he was a no-show for a band rehersal and his friends went to check on him.

      • mooshki says:

        Turns out it was most likely a flaw in the car’s design that made it hard for drivers to know if they were in neutral or park. They did a recall on it. So tragic.

  31. Angela says:

    Oh, man, how awful! The episode of “Criminal Minds” that he was in is one of my favorite episodes.
    Very sad news. Way too young.

  32. Joey Padron says:

    So sad he’s gone. He was a great and talented actor. One of my favorite actors. Gonna miss him so much. RIP.

  33. This don’t sound right. When you get out of your car you don’t leave it in neutral. It will roll unless you all believe he was checking his tranny fluid at 1 a.m.?