Celebrities react to Anton Yelchin’s tragic death

Anton YelchinFollowing the shocking news that 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin died in a freak car accident on Sunday, a swell of touching and grief-stricken tributes have emerged from all corners of Hollywood.

“Devastated by our friend’s loss. We are mourning his passing and celebrating the beautiful spirit that he was, ” his Star Trek co-star Zoe Saldana tweeted.

“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, who plays Sulu, wrote.

Anton was best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films, as well as for his roles in House of DAlpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, Terminator SalvationLike Crazy, and most recently the horror thriller Green Room. He was also just announced as one of the leads in the upcoming Netflix animated series Trollhunters, created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Del Toro also took to Twitter to pay his condolences to the actor whom he called “the sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you’d ever meet.

“Worked together for about a year. Shocked,” the director continued. “Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.”

At around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, the star was found pinned between his car and his security gate. He had reportedly left his home around 11 p.m. to attend a rehearsal, and his car, which was on a steep incline, rolled backwards and pinned him against the gate. New reports now claim that the accident was due to a faulty shifting mechanism in the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving. Apparently the recalled model has previously led drivers to leave the car in the wrong gear — in neutral rather than park — and this is exactly what caused the car to roll back into Anton.

Read more of what Anton’s fans, friends, colleagues and collaborators have said these past 24 hours:

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  1. WildBill • June 20, 2016 @ 12:27 PM

    So sad to see someone passing at such a young age. Such a tragedy. I blame his Jeep Cherokee, they are currently in recall right now too. A horrible day for film and I hope this never happens again! I feel like Jeep has some upcoming legal issues to worry about.

  2. CDubya • June 20, 2016 @ 1:02 PM

    He really was talented. People forget he also took on another rather iconic roll other than Chekov..he was Young Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation. I really enjoyed his movies and he really truly was talented and taken way to soon. I always said, give him time and he’d be another Heath Ledger and surprise everyone in a roll to win an Oscar. Sadly, BOTH were taken too soon.

  3. Jacob • June 20, 2016 @ 2:33 PM

    I loved him so much as Chekov. I’m really gonna miss him.

  4. Stella T • June 20, 2016 @ 3:30 PM

    He was soooo cute in Like Crazy. This is sooooo sad.

  5. Rachel Rueff • June 20, 2016 @ 5:36 PM

    I send my condolences to his family I liked him as an actor and from what I have read he seems to be the good guy I feel he probably was. It saddens me that this happened it is such a terrible thing to happen. My daughter is 27 also and getting her drivers license and it scares me. The only connection we had to the actor was that she was an extra in Charlie Bartlett here in Toronto ON. I am a Star Trek fan. I will truly miss his Checkov.

  6. Eileen • June 20, 2016 @ 6:31 PM

    I’m so curious about what actually happened. It seems like such a bizarre story. But still, so tragic.

  7. sarah • June 21, 2016 @ 7:22 AM

    everyone that has this car should get t refund

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