Young 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin has tragically died in a freak car accident at the age of just 27. The horrific event took place in the early hours of yesterday morning (June 19th 2016) at his home in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.

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The rising star was found by his friends trapped between his car and his mailbox at around 1am on Sunday morning, with the car's engine still in neutral as if it had rolled backwards with the incline of the driveway after he had gotten out of the vehicle. No other details surrounding his death have as yet been announced.

Police officer Jenny Hosier confirmed that he was due to meet with some friends for a rehearsal, but after he failed to arrive they went to his home where they found him dead. While it's still unknown why he got out of the car, TMZ reported that police 'do not suspect foul play'.

Born in Russia under the Soviet Union, Yelchin moved to California when he was a baby and began acting at 9-years-old. In his short career, he starred in a number of popular films including 'Alpha Dog', 'Charlie Bartlett', 'Middle of Nowhere' and 'Fright Night', but he is best known for his recurring role as Pavel Chekov in the 'Star Trek' movies as well as the thrillers 'Odd Thomas' and 'Green Room'.

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Yelchin has a number of posthumous releases including the Justin Lin directed 'Star Trek Beyond' which is due for release on July 22nd 2016. He also co-stars with Catherine Keener in the upcoming independent drama 'We Don't Belong Here' and is due to appear in Gabe Klinger's romance 'Porto', Cory Finley thriller 'Thoroughbred' and Mark Palansky's sci-fi drama 'Rememory'.

Yelchin's friends and colleagues took to social media to express their grief at this terrible loss.

'Anton - You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you... JJ', former 'Star Trek' director JJ Abrams said in a post on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Justin Lin wrote: 'Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.'