'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies in car crash at age 27

He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.

Published: 19th June 2016 11:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2016 11:58 PM   |  A+A-

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In this file photo, Anton Yelchin arrives at a special screening of "Burying the Ex" held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)

By AP

LOS ANGELES: Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, has died at the age of 27. He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.

Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller "Alpha Dog" and the teenage comedy "Charlie Bartlett." His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted "Star Trek" films — the third of which, "Star Trek Beyond" comes out in July.

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin's family requests privacy at this time.

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