First of all let me just say, Fuck You, 2016. We have lost too many amazing artists this year, and we are only at the halfway point. When I woke up on Sunday morning to the news that 27 year old Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin had died, my heart ached for, not only his family and friends, but for fans of the work he leaves behind. For a fan, when someone we have never met but admire nonetheless–whether in music, film or literature–dies, we feel the pain in a unique way. While we do not know our faves, we often follow their work because it touches us. We are inspired and moved by them, enough so, that we mourn their deaths in a way that can be as intense as if they were our friend IRL.
This isn’t strange or novel. We connect to artists like David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Glenn Frye and Anton Yelchin because of the emotions they have pulled out of us with their work. For fans of Star Trek, Yelchin will always be the earnest, intelligent, quick-thinking crew member who took the role of “Chekov”, a well-loved character from the original television series, and brought him, not only into the future, but into our hearts.
To his friends and family, we did not know him, but we loved his enthusiasm, wit and soft humor. He was taken from us too soon and for that, we are so very sorry.
According to IMDB, Yelchin had four other film projects due for release – sci-fi Rememory, dramas, We Don’t Belong Here and Porto, and thriller, Thoroughbred.
Yelchin’s final appearance as “Chekov” will be in Star Trek: Beyond, coming out in theatres July 22, 2016.