American actor Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, died early Sunday Morning after a freak car accident. Police found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar at his home, with the engine still running. He was 27 years old. TMZ were the first to report on the story.

He was born Anton Viktorovich Yelchin in Leningrad in 1989. His family emigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union when he was only six months old. Anton took up acting at a young age, launching his professional career when he was 9, with a series of prominent roles in television and film, such as Tommy Warshaw in House of D and Bobby Garfield in Hearts of Atlantis, the latter of which he starred in alongside Anthony Hopkins and was awarded Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor at the 2002 Young Artist Awards.

The mid-to-late-00s were when Yelchin began to gather more mainstream recognition, with his role in the 2006 crime thriller Alpha Dog and and the 2008 comedy Charlie Bartlett.

It was the role of ensign Pavel Chekov in the 2009 Star Trek reboot that cemented his status as a rising young star in Hollywood. That same year, he would also play a younger version of another character from a major sci-fi franchise, appearing as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation.

Yelchin would go on to reprise the role of Chekov in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for playing the main character Charlie Brewster in the 2011 Fright Night remake, Ian in Only Lovers Left Alive, and, most recently, Pat in Green Room.

Many of Anton Yelchin’s co-stars, friends and fans have taken to social media to mourn the late actor.

“I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.” said John Cho, played Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek reboot series.

“Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Chris Evans, co-starred with Yelchin in 2005’s Fierce People.

Paramount Pictures also released an official statement, saying, “All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”

Anton Yelchin was a charismatic young actor with a very promising future. The body of work he leaves behind is impressive in both talent and scope, showing a careful balance between big Hollywood films and small independent dramas and thrillers.

He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

By Stanyo Zhelev

Stanyo Zhelev is a writer and a blogger with a passion for film, video games and comic books. Currently studying for an undergraduate degree in London