Anton Yelchin, who tragically lost his life at the weekend aged just 27, died of blunt force asphyxia, the coroner's office has confirmed. The Star Trek actor was killed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee – a model that had previously been recalled - at his home in Los Angeles, when it rolled backwards down his steep driveway after he got out, pinning him against a fence.
Following the tragedy, carmaker Fiat Chrysler has said it will investigate Anton's death, and extended its "deepest sympathies" to Anton's family and friends. "The company will be conducting a thorough investigation of this tragic incident," it said in a statement. "It is premature to speculate on its cause at this time."
Anton Yelchin died of blunt force asphyxia, it has been confirmed
In April, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.1million vehicles over the risk that they could roll away after drivers exited. LA Police told CBS News that it appeared Anton had not properly put the car in park mode when he got out of the vehicle.
Anton – born in Russia to professional figure skaters – was best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, and his other film credits included Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Charlie Bartlett and the 2015 horror movie Green Room. He will appear in the third Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, which is due for release next month.
Following the news of Anton's tragic death, film stars, directors and fans rushed to pay tribute. JJ Abrams, who directed Anton in two Star Trek movies, led the way with a touching handwritten message.
JJ Abrams penned a heartfelt tribute to the 27-year-old
"Anton, you were brilliant," it read. "You were kind, you were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you… JJ."
Tom Hiddleston, who worked with Anton on the 2013 vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive, said he was "absolutely devastated" by the tragedy. "He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man," he wrote. "My thoughts are with his family."
Tom Hiddleston said he was "devastated" by the death of his friend
John Cho, Star Trek's Sulu, also penned a heartfelt message. "I loved Anton Yelchin so much," he tweeted. "He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins, please send your love to Anton's family right now. They need it."