Stars Come Together to Mourn the Loss of One of Their Own After Freak Accident
Car accidents happen all the time. That’s how we lost Paul Walker in 2014, and Tiffany Thornton‘s husband, Chris Carney, in 2015. Usually, though, the person is one of the people in the vehicle or, equally sad, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle with a driver in it. This weekend, though, Hollywood came together to mourn the loss of an actor who, in a very freak accident, was fatally struck by his own car… without anyone driving it.
According to reports, 27-year-old Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was killed early Sunday morning after getting pinned between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick mailbox pillar. TMZ says, “the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral.”
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office “concluded that Yelchin’s death was an accident” was caused by “blunt traumatic asphyxia,” also known as suffocation.
The young star was discovered by friends after he didn’t show up to meet them. The reason for his leaving the vehicle was not confirmed.
Upon learning of Anton’s passing, many stars tweeted their grievances:
Rest in Peace Anton. Real sad about this one. Good ones go too soon. pic.twitter.com/HCxf8SGP9E
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 20, 2016
Just heard the awful news of Anton Yelchin's death. my love goes out to his family and friends at this time of sudden loss.
— Troian (@SleepintheGardn) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Today we lost one of our best young actors out there. Rip Mr. Anton Yelchin. Tragic tragic loss.
— Gregg Sulkin (@greggsulkin) June 19, 2016
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 19, 2016
Devastated hearing about Anton Yelchin. Had the honor of knowing him when we were kids. So talented & so kind. My condolences to his family.
— Brenda Song (@BrendaSong) June 19, 2016
Crestfallen to hear the news of Anton Yelchin. He was a superb actor and I always looked forward to the work he did. He will be missed.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin has always been one of my favorite actors. I've seen every movie. This is awful. Im so sorry for his family & friends.
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a phenomenal actor who's work I greatly admired. He seemed like a very special, kind person. No words..
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) June 19, 2016
Beyond sad and stunned to hear about Anton Yelchin.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) June 19, 2016
My heart aches. #antonyelchin You were incredible.
— Alexa PenaVega (@alexavega) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin. I was a HUGE fan. Terrible news. RIP
— Logan Lerman (@LoganLerman) June 19, 2016
RIP Anton. He was one of the nicest, most positive and passionate people I have ever met and a truly great and fascinating actor.
— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) June 19, 2016
What an incredible loss of such a unique vibrant light. I'm thankful to have had you in my life.… https://t.co/Mf4iJ1GFzG
— Ashley Greene (@AshleyMGreene) June 19, 2016
Rip our neighbor and friend the talented and kind Anton yelchin. We are heartbroken.
— Nat & Alex Wolff (@natandalex) June 19, 2016
— Kevin Zegers (@KevinZegers) June 19, 2016
— Peter Facinelli (@peterfacinelli) June 19, 2016
He was one of my favorites. Someone I always wished I could work with. What a talent. And a good soul. #RIPAntonYelchin
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) June 19, 2016
I can't believe this. I am so sad… #RIP Anton Yelchin. One of my favorite male actors.Another one we've lost too young…just devastating.
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) June 19, 2016
Saddened on this day, to hear of the passing of Anton Yelchin, I always admired his talent and the few times we met, his kind soul. RIP.
— Avan Jogia (@AvanJogia) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a tremendous actor. Never met him but always loved his movies and thought he was really special. Devastating news. RIP.
— Elizabeth Gillies (@LizGillies) June 19, 2016
I had the pleasure of talking with Anton Yelchin twice, he was beyond kind and the coolest. What a sad day. RIP
— Matt Bennett (@MattBennett) June 19, 2016
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people… https://t.co/zgTxXmyrbD
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) June 19, 2016
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.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Absolutely shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Anton Yelchin’s passing.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) June 20, 2016
Desperately sad to hear about Anton Yelchin. So young and so talented. What an utter tragedy. My thoughts are with his family.
— Douglas Booth (@DouglasBooth) June 19, 2016
Such sad news about Anton Yelchin. I only admired from afar, but a true artist and a real star in my eyes. Such a loss. Such a tragic loss.
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear of Anton Yelchin's passing. I always have admired his incredible acting abilities. My love & thoughts are with his family
— Willow Shields (@WillowShields) June 19, 2016
Man, saddened to hear of Anton Yelchin. Didn't know him well – worked separately on Only Lovers Left Alive, and I only remember a sweet kid.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 19, 2016
I looked up to Anton Yelchin for my entire career, since first seeing Hearts In Atlantis. Always heard great things about working with him.
— Cameron Monaghan (@cameronmonaghan) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear the news about Anton Yelchin. Didn't know him well, but well enough to know he was a stellar guy and crazy talented. RIP.
— Sam Huntington (@samhuntington) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin, always been one of my favorite actors… Condolences to his family and friends… RIP
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) June 19, 2016
— Chad Michael Murray (@ChadMMurray) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
I'm so sad to hear about the sudden passing of Anton Yelchin. So tragic. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with his family.
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
I didn't know him at all but Anton yelchin was a true talent. RIP.
— t(-.-t) (@petewentz) June 20, 2016
— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) June 20, 2016
Cant believe it. RIP Anton Yelchin. Always admired his work.
— Thomas Mann (@thomas_mann) June 19, 2016
R.i.p Anton Yelchin.
— Icona Pop (@iconapop) June 20, 2016
Soft spoken, intelligent and committed to being an artist. He was a lot more than just an actor. We will all miss you. #AntonYelchin
— Peter Sarsgaard (@petersarsgaard) June 20, 2016
So saddened by the new of Anton Yelchin:( Had the pleasure of meeting him once at a deli shop, where he noticed I was sitting alone
— Aly & AJ Michalka (@alyandaj) June 19, 2016
Rest in peace Anton Yelchin.
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) June 20, 2016
RIP #AntonYelchin What a tragedy.Such a talented young man.Didn't know him but all I've heard is what an incredibly lovely person he was.
— Emilie de Ravin (@emiliederavin) June 20, 2016
I just heard about my sweet, sweet talented friend #AntonYelchin and his horrible accident. I'm in complete shock. He had far more to say…
— Tyler Hilton (@TylerHilton) June 19, 2016
So very sad to hear about Anton Yelchin. What an incredible talent & kind person. Deepest condolences to his family
— Danielle Panabaker (@dpanabaker) June 19, 2016
I am utterly heartbroken about this terrible news. Anton Yelchin was a gift to this world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 19, 2016
Today we mourn the passing of Anton Yelchin. He was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. pic.twitter.com/POChZ2XwyI
— Star Trek (@StarTrekMovie) June 19, 2016
Anton had many upcoming projects, including Star Trek Beyond. If you want to see him on the big screen again, the third film in the Star Trek franchise hits theaters on July 22.
You can now add Anton Yelchin to the list of celebrities who were gone too soon:
1. Cory Monteith
Cory was only 32 years old when he was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room in July 2013.