Star Trek's Anton Yelchin Killed in Freak Accident at 27

Actor known for playing Chekov in sci-fi franchise found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox on his property.

 In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Anton Yelchin arrives at a special screening of "Burying the Ex" held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Hollywood actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was found dead near his home on Sunday, FoxNews reported. 

Yelchin, 27, was pinned between his car and a brick mailbox on his property when he was found. 

"It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway," the LA police said in a statement quoted by news reports.

An investigator with the coroner's office told the LA Times there was "no obvious suspicious circumstances involved."

According to TMZ, Yelchin's friends became concerned after the actor for hours late for a rehearsal. It was they who found him at his San Fernando Valley residence at around 1 AM.

Yeclhin, who was born in Russia to Jewish parents, both professional figure skaters, immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was a baby. 

Yelchin started out in the movie business with indie films and various TV shows. His breakout roles were in the crime drama Alpha Dog and the teenage comedy Charlie Bartlett. His biggest role was in the rebooted Star Trek movies.