Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Other Celebrities React to Anton Yelchin's Death at 27

Anton Yelchin was killed in a freak car accident early Sunday morning

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Actor Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for playing Star Trek films as Chekov, died early Sunday morning in a car accident, his rep has confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 27.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed to PEOPLE that Yelchin’s body was found pinned between a car and a gate at a home in Studio City, California. Authorities believe that the car was improperly parked and rolled backwards, pinning Yelchin.

No cause of death has been declared yet while the coroner completes the autopsy. However, preliminary results were that he had head and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Paramount Pictures released the following statement on Yelchin’s passing:

“All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”

Heartbroken collaborators, friends and colleagues also paid tribute to Yelchin.

“I’m devastated, a world without Anton is a lesser place,” Felicity Jones, Yelchin’s costar in the 2011 drama Like Crazy, said in a statement. “He touched everyone he met with his honesty and humanity, we have lost a unique and profound soul.”

Others took to social media to pay their respects to the late actor.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Yelchin and his family moved to the United States in 1989. His parents were celebrated Russian ice skaters Irina (n e Korina) and Viktor Yelchin.

He enrolled in the University of Southern California in 2007 to study film. Yelchin was also interested in music and photography.

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