Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died in the early hours of Sunday morning after he was trapped by his own car in a freak accident in Los Angeles. 

Star Trek's Anton Yechin has died aged 27

According to TMZ, Anton’s friend began to worry when the 27 year old actor failed to show up to a meeting, so he went to his house in San Fernando Valley and found him “pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.”

The engine was still running and the car was in neutral.

Many of Anton’s Star Trek co-stars have paid tribute; Zachary Quinto penned a touching tribute and describing him as “enormously talented and generous of heart”.

He wrote on Instagram: “our dear friend, our comrade, our Anton, one of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know, so enormously talented and generous of heart, wise beyond his years, and gone before his time, all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”

Karl Urban, who appears alongside Anton in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond is devastated by the news.

He wrote: “I can’t believe it , I m f*kn hurting bad !(sic)”

Star Trek director J.J. Abrams also paid tribute, writing on Twitter: “You were brilliant, you were kind, you were funny as hell, and supremely talented.

“And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you.”

Justin Lin, who has taken over at the helm of Star Trek Beyond was in “shock” at the news.

He posted: “Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.”

Director Guillermo del Toro, who was set to work with the Russian-born actor on the upcoming ‘Trollhunters’ series, was also stunned by the tragedy.

He wrote on Twitter: “The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you’d ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked.

“Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist. As far as I am concerned, 2016 cannot end fast enough.”

Police are currently investigating his death but don’t suspect foul play.

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