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Tragic death of Star Trek star Anton Yelchin leaves Hollywood in shock

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.

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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.

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Evans tweeted that he was devastated to hear about Yelchin’s death.

Guillermo del Toro remembered the actor for his humble nature and later wrote that “2016 cannot end fast enough.”

Aaron Paul described himself as “utterly heartbroken” by Yelchin’s sudden death.
Stephen King mourned the “crazily talented actor gone too soon.”

Many other celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Jay Baruchel, reacted on Twitter to the unexpected, tragic news.

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.

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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