The death of Anton Yelchin at age 27 in a freak car accident shocked generations of ‘Star Trek’ cast members and Hollywood at large. The actor portrayed Pavel Chekov in the JJ Abrams reboot of the iconic franchise. Here’s a round up of reactions and tributes from social media.
The tragic news was reported by TMZ and other media outlets early on Sunday. As CNN reported, quoting an LAPD spokesperson, the accident occurred at his home in Studio City, California in the early hours of Sunday morning. Anton Yelchin got out of his car, which then rolled backwards, pinning him against a brick pillar and a security fence and he died from the trauma.
The ‘Star Trek’ reboot brought Yelchin international fame as he appearing in all of the movies, including the forthcoming ‘Star Trek Beyond’ which is due out in July. But years before that he was drawing notice from critics even as a child actor, dating back to the 2001 Scott Hicks drama “Hearts in Atlantis.” A few years later, he starred opposite Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis in ‘Alpha Dog’ in 2006.
With his untimely death, he leaves behind a few as yet unreleased movies including the aforementioned ‘Star Trek Beyond’ as well as another sci-fi drama, ‘Rememory’ opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage. Before his death, he also completed the thriller ‘Thoroughbred’ and the drama ‘We Don’t Belong Here.’
But without a doubt, his legacy, shortened tragically, is forever entwined with ‘Star Trek’ and it was those fellow members of that universe who were among the first to react on social media and to pay tribute. Director JJ Abrams Tweeted a photo of his handwritten tribute saying, “You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell and supremely talented. You weren’t here nearly long enough.”
Here’s a roundup of what others are saying.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear this news… pic.twitter.com/fyQajch5kN
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) June 19, 2016
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 19, 2016
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
I was hoping this wasn't true. Such a talented young actor taken way too soon. Very sad. https://t.co/uaRRTJIq2w
— Michael Dorn (@akaWorf) June 19, 2016
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 19, 2016
Reactions to the death of Anton Yelchin continue to pour in. The ‘Star Trek’ universe, fans, celebrities and public figures continue to offer condolences and pay tribute to young actor, gone much too soon.