Anton Yelchin Dead After Car Pins 'Star Trek' Actor To Gate In Home Driveway

  • by: Alan Duke
Anton Yelchin Dead After Car Pins 'Star Trek' Actor To Gate In Home Driveway

"Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his car pinned him against a fence gate in the driveway of his Los Angeles early Sunday, the Los Angeles coroner's office confirmed to Lead Stories.

An autopsy will be conducted on Yelchin, 27, Sunday afternoon to determine the exact cause of death, the coroner's spokeswoman said.

The freak accident happened at the actor's home in the Studio City section to Los Angeles, which is in the San Fernando Valley. Yelchin apparently stepped out of his car on the steep driveway and the vehicle rolled toward him, crushing him against the metal gate and brick wall, an LAPD spokeswman said.

Yelchin, known for playing Bobby in "Hearts in Atlantis" in 2001 and as Pavel Chekov in the 2001 version of "Star Trek," was born in Leningrad, USSR -- now St. Petersburg) Russia -- to a Jewish family, according to his bio on the Internet Movie Database.

His latest film was "Green Room," a thriller in which Yelchin co-starred with Patrick Stewart.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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