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Anton Yelchin, the promising actor who played Checkov in the new Star Trek movies, may have been killed by his own car, according to TMZ.com. 

The site reported that Yelchin’s friends became concerned when he didn’t show up for a rehearsal. When they went to his home, they found him pinned between the car and his mailbox, and the car’s motor was still running and in neutral. TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said no foul play is suspected.

Yelchin’s friends became alarmed because he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar, which was attached to a security gate.

Yelchin was 27.

Ray Marcano |