Anton Yelchin died over the weekend at the way-too-young-age of 27 after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his steep driveway and pinned him against his mailbox at the front gate of his home in Studio City, CA. It was a fucked-up freak accident. The only thing we knew was that his Jeep was in neutral when he was found dead. Well, yesterday, Gizmodo reported that 2014 to 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees (that were made between July 16, 2012, and December 22, 2015) were recalled because of a janky transmission issue.
Yesterday brought the sad news that Prince Be of P.M. Dawn passed away and today brings even more sad news, because Anton Yelchin has died in a weird, freak and awful accident. Damn you, 2016. Anton was only 27.
TMZ doesn’t have many details right now, but they details they do have are awful. They say that Anton was found early this morning pinned between his car and a brick mailbox that was attached to a security gate at his home in the San Fernando Valley. Police sources tell TMZ that his car’s engine was still running and was in neutral. The driveway was on a steep incline, but right now it’s not known why Anton got out of the car. He was found by a friend at around 1 in the morning after he didn’t show up to a rehearsal that happened hours before. His rep confirmed the news to AP.
Anton was best known for playing Chekov in the reboot of the Star Trek series. He was born in Russia and his parents were both figure skaters. His family moved to the US when he was a baby and he later got into child acting. As a kid, he was in ER, Along Came A Spider and Hearts In Atlantis. He was also in Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett and did the voice of Clumsy in the Smurf movies.
Rest in peace, Chekhov.