Written by Melanie Burton, June 20, 2016

Russian actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his roles in Star Trek and Alpha Dog, was tragically killed in a freak accident on Sunday, just weeks before the new Star Trek was set to hit cinemas.

The 27-year-old’s friends were worried after he didn’t show up to a rehearsal hours earlier, so they went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 am and found his body pinned between his car and a brick mailbox wall on his driveway, attached to a security gate.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Anton Yelchin attends the Premiere of A24's "Green Room" at ArcLight Hollywood on April 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/FilmMagic)

Anton Yelchin was best known for his role in Star Trek

Investigators at the scene say the engine was still running and in neutral when his body was discovered, but it remains a mystery as to why he got out of the car.

“It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,’ LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser tells the Hollywood Reporter.

Anton’s publicist also confirmed the sad news in a statement: “Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time‎.”

Anton’s biggest role to date has been playing Ensign Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films, and tragically, the third movie Star Trek Beyond was only a few weeks away from hitting theatres.

Anton’s friends and colleagues shared tributes to the actor after hearing the devastating news.

Co-star John Cho took to Twitter, writing: “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.”

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JJ Abrams, the director of the rebooted films also shared a hand written tribute to the late actor.

“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.”

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Lindsay Lohan also gave her condolences to Anton’s dad.

“This is the result of Hollywood. A beautiful life has come to an end. A brilliant actor and a loving friend,” she wrote on Insta.

“Surround your life with good people and know who your true friends are. My prayers and love goes out to anton’s family This breaks my heart. He was my friend I am so sorry to Anton’s father.”

Anton Yelchin talks on Reelz about having big shoes to fill on Star Trek

RIP Anton.

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