'Star Trek Beyond' Actor Anton Yelchin Dies; Co-Stars and Creators Mourn
Anton Yelchin, just 27, has passed away following a tragic car incident, after which he was discovered by friends the following morning.
Many members of the Star Trek community have taken to social media to mourn the loss. Executive producer J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, posted a moving tribute to Yelchin, calling him "brilliant," "kind," and "supremely talented."
Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin also paid tribute to the young man: "Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you."
“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time,” his publicist, Jennifer Allen said in a statement.
Yelchin will be seen next in Paramount's Star Trek Beyond, while his voice was lent to the lead role in Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Netflix series Trollhunters. “Our hearts are heavy with this tragic news and Anton’s family and friends are in our thoughts,” Netflix and DreamWorks Animation said in a statement.
Source: Deadline, Variety