Actor Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27

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Actor Anton Yechin has died at the age of 27 after a tragic accident involving his own car. The Star Trek actor who played Checkov in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009, was struck by his own vehicle as it rolled down his steep drive at his home in Los Angeles.

The car pinned him against a brick post box and a security fence. He was pronounced dead at 1.00AM  (8.00 AM GMT).

Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto was one of first Star Trek cast to pay homage to the actor saying,

“One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know. So enormously talented and generous of heart. Wise beyond his years. And gone before his time. All love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”

JJ Abrams also paid tribute to the actor saying,

“You were brilliant, You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. Anton, you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you,”

Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed the actor’s death and said in a statement that his family wished for privacy.

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What Is 27 Club?

Users on social media were quick to point out that as Yelchin was 27 – he might be considered part of 27 Club, which lists number of stars who died at the age of 27.

However the 27 Club is populated by musicians rather than actors.

Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse are all considered part of the 27 Club.