Actor Anton Yelchin Dies in Freak Accident

Anton Yelchin

Actor Anton Yelchin died in a freak accident early Sunday morning (June 19). He was just 27 years old.

According to reports, the young actor was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar at his Studio City home.

"Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning," said a statement from his representative. "His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."

Friends found his body, after they became concerned when he didn't show for a band practice.

"It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway," the LAPD said in a statement, reports Variety.

Police also told TMZ that the engine was still running when he was found, and that his car was in neutral, and was on a steep driveway.

Yelchin was best known for his roles in the rebooted Star Trek film series, as well as 2006's Alpha Dog, alongside Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake.