Anton Yelchin, the actor best known for playing the role of Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek cinematic franchise, died Sunday morning at the age of 27 due to a car accident, the Associated Press reported.

Yelchin was also known for his roles in Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation and Charlie Bartlett, as well as a bevy of TV appearances (his first, in 2002, was on E.R.). According to TMZ, friends discovered Yelchin's body at around 1 a.m. local time at his Studio City, California, home, "pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate."

According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities believe Yelchin's car rolled downhill across a steep driveway.

Numerous friends, co-stars, colleagues and others responded to the news on Twitter.

Yelchin's parents were professional figure skaters who immigrated to the United States when he was a baby, reports E! Online, and he is an only child.

Star Trek: Beyond, Yelchin's final contribution to the Star Trek franchise, will premiere in late July.

This is a breaking news story and may be updated as more information becomes available.

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