ByKerry Cepero, writer at Creators.co
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Kerry Cepero

His bright smile, warm demeanor, positive aura, and love for family is well admired and serves as comfort during this difficult time. In a short 27 years, Anton lived a full life and has left us some great work to enjoy for the coming years. Alpha Dog, Fright Night, Terminator: Salvation, Green Room are just some of the work he's done. Of course, no one will ever forget his portrayal as Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek movies. One has to ask, for the current franchise if they are going to retire the character in honor of Anton Yelchin, and his part in breathing new life into this franchise.There are very little words that can be said in a moment like this when a bright star is extinguished way before its time. Anton Yelchin's life sadly came to an end July 19th in a freak accident in Los Angeles, leaving our plane of existence at 27 years old. I'm not going to dwell on the details of the accident, but rather join in remembering such a talented young man, gone too soon.

Zachary says goodbye...
Zachary says goodbye...

His life was well lived...

He was born Anton Viktorovich Yelchin on March 11, 1989- in Leningrad, Russia during the time of the USSR. He comes from a Jewish family who struggled to get past the hardships of living in the Stalin era.

"My grandparents suffered in ways I can’t even begin to understand under Stalin."

His parents were famous Russian figure skaters in the USSR, having been ranked as high as 3rd nationally, but their careers were slaves to the communist era as they qualified but were NOT permitted to compete in the 1972 Winter Olympics under mysterious circumstances.

"I don't exactly know what that was – because they were Jewish or because the KGB didn't want them to travel"

His parents were finally able to escape the clutches of their communist country to California in 1989 when he was only six months old. Since then, his family has had the pleasure of seeing their beloved son grow from a gifted child actor (first gig at age 9), talented musician (guitar), to well-known Hollywood talent and winner of the 2002 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film/Leading Young Actor for his role in Hearts in Atlantis. As well as the 2009 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast for Star Trek.

Watch an early interview of Anton talking about his life right here!

JJ says goodbye....
JJ says goodbye....

His work will always be remembered...

His bright smile, warm demeanor, positive aura, and love for family is well admired and serves as comfort during this difficult time. In a short 27 years, Anton lived a full life and has left us some great work to enjoy for the coming years. Alpha Dog, Fright Night, Terminator: Salvation, Green Room are just some of the work he's done. Of course, no one will ever forget his portrayal as Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek movies. One has to ask, for the current franchise if they are going to retire the character in honor of Anton Yelchin, and his part in breathing new life into this franchise.

John and Karl mourn a friend...
John and Karl mourn a friend...

So in ending, we're going to remember the man that was, and mourn the life that is gone. We're going to enjoy his last contributions to this Earth (Star Trek: Beyond, We Don't Belong Here, Porto, Thoroughbred) on his journey to where no one has gone before. So tonight, when you look up to the night sky, be comforted that there is a Starship racing amoungst the stars, with a new crew member on board.

Forever young, may you rest in peace Chekov...

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin
March 11, 1989-June 19, 2016

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(Source: Wikipedia, USA Today, EW)