Zachary Quinto opened up about ‘Star Trek’ costar Anton Yelchin, calling his untimely death at age 27 “a terrible loss.” During his interview on ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ he paid tribute to the late actor who died in a freak car accident.

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Zachary Quinto portrays Mr. Spock in the JJ Abrams’ reboot of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, the character that the late Leonard Nimoy made a pop cultural icon. This second death in the ‘Star Trek’ family in less than a year has hit the present and former cast and crew members especially hard, as it has the fans.

He’ll be seen portraying Pavel Chekov once again in ‘Star Trek Beyond’ the third movie in the reboot which was completed long before his passing. Quinto was making the usual promo rounds for the movie when ‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert asked him about this tragic death.

Quinto said of his co-star and friend, “Beautiful guy. I don’t even know how to talk about it.”

He went on to say, ““We already knew that this would be a really bittersweet experience because of the loss of Leonard [Nimoy] last year. But this has just been absolutely devastating for all of us.”

Continuing, he added “I think our goal just has to be to celebrate his incredible life and honor him as much as we can. It was a terrible loss, I think not only for us, but also to the industry and audiences. He was such a talent.”

According to the coroner’s report Anton Yelchin’s cause of death was “blunt traumatic asphyxia” — he was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards down his driveway and pinned him against a brick pillar and a security fence. as THR reports, the vehicle is under investigation and was under voluntary recall for possible defect.

The tragic news has played out in the weeks leading up to the July 22nd release of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ in theaters, and where there had been much excitement over this, the third installment of the hugely popular rebooted franchise, now there is much sadness. As E!News reports, and event, Star Trek Beyond at Cannes Lions, was cancelled which would have featured cast memebers Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.

As did virtually everyone connected with ‘Star Trek’ past or present, Zachary Quinto had paid tribute to Yelchin in social media. In an Instagram pic which you can see below he said in part “Anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know.”

You can see the full video below as Zachary Quinto pays tribute to Anton Yelchin on ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’