In a freak accident, a friend found Anton Yelchin, the young “Star Trek Beyond” actor on his inclined driveway pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar. There were no foul play suspected in his death. The up-and-coming actor was best known for his roles in “Alpha Dog,” “Like Crazy” “Charlie Bartlett,” and “Green Room.” He will also be added to a long 2016 list of celebrity deaths, along with tragedies that have raised our collective anxiety levels.
On Sunday, Yelchin’s family will spend the entire Father’s Day in mourning. The rest of us will suppress our sadness by watching heartwarming commercials that fill our digital screens, highly anticipated films, TV shows and sporting events. We will do anything we can to ignore life’s unpredictable outcomes–anything to suppress death anxiety.
Coincidentally, philosophical musings on human life appeared in the trailer for “Star Trek Beyond.”
“Fear of death is illogical,” said Spock.
And Bones replies: “Fear of death is what keeps us alive.”
Anton Yelchin’s friends, costars and colleagues rushed to social media to share their condolences. Everyone is in ruins.
Perhaps the fear of death is both illogical and what keeps some of us alive.
RIP Anton Yelchin (3.11.89 – 6.19.2016) pic.twitter.com/bJQ98GtdIF
— Ms. Marya E. Gates (@oldfilmsflicker) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like — Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins. — John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Rip our neighbor and friend the talented and kind Anton yelchin. We are heartbroken.
— Nat & Alex Wolff (@natandalex) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss. — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016