Hollywood is in shock over this sad news

Stars have been paying tribute after the shocking news that Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27.

The Russian actor was killed in a freak accident at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning when he was trapped by his own car, police have confirmed.

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He was hit back by the 2.5 ton vehicle when it rolled backwards down the steep drive at his property, meaning he was pinned between the car and a brick mailbox which was attached to a security gate.

Friends discovered him in the early hours of Sunday morning after they were concerned by him not showing up to a rehearsal, TMZ reports.

The car’s engine was still running and the vehicle was in neutral.

News of Anton’s tragic death was confirmed by his publicist and LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser has told the Hollywood Reporter: ’It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death.’

Anton was born in Russia but raised in Los Angeles and was best known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot which began with the 2009 film.

He went on to reprise the part in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and appears in the third film, Star Trek Beyond, which is due for release next month.

Anton had also appeared in movies such as Green Room, Like Crazy and Alpha Dog.

News of his shock passing has left Hollywood stunned and many famous names have been speaking of their sadness at losing the popular actor.

Tom Hiddleston posted on Twitter: ‘Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.’

Meanwhile Anna Kendrick wrote: ‘This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.’

It’s clear that the news has left many stars devastated.

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Star Trek director JJ Abrams paid a very moving tribute to the star by posting an image of a note on Twitter reading: ‘Anton. You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented.

‘And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you. JJ.’ 

Our thoughts are with Anton’s family and friends at this sad time.

Anna Francis