New Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dies at 27

He played Chekov in the new Star Trek films.

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Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died. He was 27.

According to GameSpot sister site CNET, Yelchin's publicist confirmed he died in a car accident in Los Angeles today, June 19. He "was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning," the publicist said.

He played Chekov in the two JJ Abrams-directed Star Trek movies, Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Yelchin also played the role for Star Trek: Beyond, which comes out in July.

TMZ reported that Yelchin died in a "freak accident" after he was reportedly pinned by his own car. From TMZ's report:

"Yelchin's friends became alarmed because he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.

"Law enforcement [tell TMZ] the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline. It's unclear why he got out of the car."

You can read the full story at TMZ. We will update this story as new details become available.

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