J.J. Abrams Mourns ‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin: ‘You Were Brilliant’

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Director J.J. Abrams has posted a heartfelt tribute to actor Anton Yelchin on Twitter following the actor’s shocking death over the weekend.

“You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell,” Abrams wrote. “And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you, JJ.”

Yelchin, 27, was found dead early Sunday at his L.A. home. The actor was pinned between his car and mailbox in what appears to be a freak accident.

Abrams directed Yelchin in two “Star Trek” films, the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot and “Star Trek Into Darkness” in 2013.

Yelchin played Russian specialist ‘Chekov’ in the “Star Trek” series.

Justin Lin, who directed the upcoming installment in the franchise, “Star Trek Beyond,” which opens July 22, was also in “shock.”

“Rest in peace, Anton,” Lin wrote on social media. “Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.”

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  1. Alistar Gary says:

    Obama just gave an impassioned speech.” We need jeep control in his country.”

  2. tlsnyder42 says:

    Very sad. . . condolences to his family and friends.

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  3. Omg! Please Lord, somehow some way, let this beautiful young soul still live on through the ages, in our memories and hearts forever. To have such a completely unexpected and unfathomably painful sort of death…just shakes my view of life-and how it really can come and leave so quickly!! Tell your loved ones, every day, how much they mean to you…you never know if you will see them again:( I cannot even begin to know beautiful Anton’s parents’ pain. We love you Anton

  4. DEP says:

    JJ HAckrams would have lived up to his words if he had written a better storyline about Chekov and make better use of the character in his ST films. Alas he didn’t. See what the universe did? Took Chekov.

    • Spock says:

      The use of the Chekhov character in the new Star Trek films has nothing to do with Anton Yelchin’s death. It was a random, freak accident that took him.

  5. My deepest condolence for the loss of this young man,27 is very young.

    • The Phantom Stranger says:

      Same age as me. *shiver* He really is gone too soon. I just hope wherever he is now, he knows how many people miss him.

  6. steven deleon says:

    He was such a great actor. He had a very bright future ahead of him. Gone too soon. RIP Anton

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