Anton Yelchin is dead at 27 from a bizarre miscalculation, a freak accident. The poor guy was found early this morning, pinned between his car and a brick mailbox on a downslope driveway at his Studio City home. The car was reportedly in neutral and still running when he was found. 

“It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway,” the LAPD said in a statement.

I’m very sorry. Condolences to family, friends, colleagues, fans. Appalling news.

Yelchin was a gifted actor, but his boyish looks, thin frame and refined demeanor led to his playing a certain type of guy over and over — i.e., the bright, sensitive, somewhat tortured puppy dog. That was his brand, his handle. When you wanted that thing, you went to Yelchin.

In my mind Yelchin delivered five standout performances — Zack Mazursky in Nick CassevetesAlpha Dog (’06), Pavel Chekhov in J.J. AbramsStar Trek (’09), Jacob Helm in Drake DoremusLike Crazy (’11), Ian in Only Lovers Left Alive (’13) and Brian Bloom in Victor Levin‘s 5 to 7 (’14).

Yelchin will return as Chekhov in Justin Lin‘s Star Trek Beyond (Paramount, 7.22). His last performance will be as Jake Kleeman in Porto (’16?) and in a 2017 film called Thoroughbred.