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Known best for his role as Ensign Paval Chekov in the Star Trek reboot movies, actor Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27.
The circumstances behind his death are quite strange. According to what can be put together through the various reports that have surfaced, it would appear that Yelchin was crushed to death by his own car.
According to police, the young actor was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar. People are guessing that he got out of his running car – which he left in neutral – to check his mailbox, after which the car slid down his steep driveway and crushed him to death.
A new police report states that the car in question was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a particular model that Fiat Chrysler recently recalled after similar rollaway accidents led to more than 40 injuries.
Police have said that they do not expected that any foul play was involved, rather that it was simple a bizarre accident.
Yelchin was born in Saint Petersburg in 1989. His parents, who were both professional ice dancers, moved to America that same year seeking political asylum and a better life for their son.