Cast of Star Trek Beyond Gathers for 'Bittersweet' Australia Premiere After Death of Costar Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin, who appeared in the Star Trek series, died in a freak car accident in June
Yelchin, who was 27 at the time of his death, portrayed Chekov in the film series.
“It’s bittersweet with the passing of Anton,” Urban told The Daily Telegraph of Australia at the premiere. “It’s devastating losing someone in your family. This feels like it should be a time for celebration not just of the film but of him, his extraordinary talent and the beautiful man he was.”
Urban, a New Zealand native, also admitted he is still very much grieving.
“I’m having a difficult time coming to grips with talking about him in the past tense,” he also told the outlet. “It’s very raw and very painful.”
The actor was pronounced dead after his body was found pinned between his car and the gate of his home in Studio City, California. Police ruled the death as accidental, and said that Yelchin’s 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee had rolled backward down the home’s steep driveway.
Yelchin’s car was the same model Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled in April after the vehicle was investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its gearshift design. An LAPD spokesperson told PEOPLE in June that they are investigating whether the gearshift design was related to the accident.
VIDEO: Costars and Other Celebs Remember Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin
Quinto and others were quick to pay tribute to Yelchin online immediately following his passing, with the actor writing on Instagram, “Our dear friend. our comrade. our Anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know.”
Added fellow Star Trek star Zoë Saldana, “Devastated by our friend’s loss. We are mourning his passing and celebrating the beautiful spirit that he was.”