According to TMZ, Yelchin was found at his home in the Los Angeles area around 1 a.m. Sunday, pinned between his car and a brick mailbox in what authorities are ruling a freak accident for which no foul play is suspected. The vehicle's engine was still running when they found the actor, and with the car in neutral on a fairly steep incline.
Before become a star in films including Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Green Room and voicing Clumsy Smurf in The Smurfs film franchise, Yelchin got his start on TV. A guest spot on Curb Your Enthusiasm led to more roles, including turns on Law & Order: Criminal Intentand Huff, where he played the son of Dr. Craig Huffstodt (Hank Azaria) for two years. He was set to take on a role in Mr. Mercedes, the miniseries based on Stephen King's book, which premieres in 2018.
Born to a pair of Russian figure skaters in 1989, Yelchin is survived by his parents and uncle Eugene Yelchin, a children's book author.