Anton Yelchin Dies at 27, Traffic Collision, Car Accident, Star Trek Actor Dies

Law enforcement tells us the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline. It's unclear why he got out of the car.

Star Trek star Anton Yelchin has died in a freak accident at age 27.

His publicist Jennifer Allen released a statement on Sunday.

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

Jenny Hauser, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed the death Sunday morning with a statement.

"A fatal traffic collision happened in Studio City. On Sunday, June 19 at 1:10 in the morning, a fatal traffic collision occurred. It was the result of the victim's own car rolling backwards down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence."

"The victim was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal. And when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house, where they found him deceased by his car," Hauser said. "It appeared he had momentarily exited his car leaving it in the driveway."

Hauser said that Yelchin was behind the car "causing the trauma which led to his death."

Yelchin's friends became alarmed because he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.

Law enforcement tells us the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline. It's unclear why he got out of the car.

Cops do not suspect foul play.

Yelchin was 27.

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