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Monday, June 20, 2016
Anton Yelchin death scene photos show bent security gate where actor died in freak accident
Pictures taken at Anton Yelchin’s home show the bent metal security gate that pinned his body with such force it killed him.
The Star Trek actor, who was just 27 years old, was found dead in the driveway of his home in the early hours of Sunday morning after he failed to show up at an 11pm Saturday night rehearsal.
His worried friends visited his San Fernando Valley home around 1am to check on him and found him pinned between his car and the security gate at the bottom of the driveway which is on a steep incline.
According to TMZ, he had just left home and had cleared the gate but then, for an unknown reason, got out of his car which he left in neutral.
His 5,000 pound Jeep Grand Cherokee then reportedly rolled backwards and pinned him against the gate with such force it bent the metal.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, though a coroner is still to determine whether he died instantly on impact.
A statement from his spokeswoman released on Sunday said: "Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."
Tributes have come pouring in for the actor since news of his tragic death broke.
His Star Trek co-star John Cho wrote: "I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist - curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I'm in ruins."
And filmmaker Kevin Smith described the news as "so damn sad".