Science fiction lovers will know him for his role as Pavel Chekhov in Star Trek Into Darkness, 2009's Star Trek reboot. Or perhaps you remember him for his likable on-screen presence in movies and TV shows such as ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Alpha Dog and Only Lovers Left Alive. But to much of Hollywood, 27-year-old Anton Yelchin was a bright young actor whose death in a freak accident today left those lucky enough to know him heartbroken and in shock.
Yelchin had quite a successful career since moving to the United States from Russia as an infant with his parents, Irina and Viktor Yelchin, who were both figure skaters. Sadly, according to TMZ, Yelchin's 5,000-pound Jeep rolled into him when it was in neutral, killing the actor as it pinned him against a pillar.
Those who had known and loved working with Yelchin shared their shock at his death and their admiration for the young actor.
Evans tweeted that he was devastated to hear about Yelchin's death.
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
Guillermo del Toro remembered the actor for his humble nature and later wrote that "2016 cannot end fast enough."
The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you'd ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked. https://t.co/uyg2NlmhqP— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
As far as I am concerned, 2016 cannot end fast enough.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Aaron Paul described himself as "utterly heartbroken" by Yelchin's sudden death.
I am utterly heartbroken about this terrible news. Anton Yelchin was a gift to this world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 19, 2016
Stephen King mourned the "crazily talented actor gone too soon."
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
Many other celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Jay Baruchel, reacted on Twitter to the unexpected, tragic news.
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Fuck. I was lucky enough to call Anton Yelchin my friend for the better part of the last decade. This is so fucking awful.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) June 19, 2016
Shocked & saddened to read about Anton Yelchin. Way too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends. #RIPAnton— Adina Porter (@AdinaPorter) June 19, 2016
Yelchin's Star Trek co-star Zachary Quinto also took to social media to express his grief, calling Yelchin curious, talented and wise beyond his years.
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people… https://t.co/zgTxXmyrbD— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) June 19, 2016
Yelchin's work lives on. Many fans will flock to theaters next month to see his last performance in Star Trek Beyond.
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