Tragic: Hollywood actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident at the age of 27

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Some tragic news this morning, as it has been confirmed that 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin has passed away after a freak accident involving his own vehicle.

Yelchin, who starred in movies such as the cult horror flick Green Room, Terminator: Salvation, and the Fright Night remake, was found pinned by his car against a pillar in the driveway of his home on Sunday morning. It is understood that the young actor got out of the car momentarily, and the vehicle rolled back, trapping him. It is not known why Yelchin moved behind the car.

An only child, Yelchin was born in Russia in 1989. His parents, both professional figure skaters, brought him to the US as a baby.

He was perhaps best known for playing the role of engineer Pavel Chekov of the USS Enterprise in the hugely successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise, the third installment of which is due out in July this year.

Tributes have been pouring for the young star since news of his death first broke.

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