• Anton Yelchin is being remembered by friends and colleagues as 'a true artist'. (AAP)Source: AAP
Celebrities have taken to social media to express their shock and disbelief at the young actor's death.

20 Jun 2016 - 1:23 PM  UPDATED 20 Jun 2016 - 1:23 PM

Director J.J. Abrams is one of many celebrities who have posted a heartfelt tribute to actor Anton Yelchin on Twitter following the actor's shocking death over the weekend.

Yelchin, 27, was found dead early Sunday at his L.A. home. The actor was pinned between his car and mailbox in what appears to be a freak accident.

Abrams directed Yelchin in two Star Trek films, the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013.  Yelchin played Russian specialist 'Chekov' in the Star Trek series.

Justin Lin, who directed the upcoming instalment in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, which opens next month, was also in "shock."

"Rest in peace, Anton," Lin wrote on social media. "Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you."

John Cho, who co-starred with him in the Star Trek reboot, called him "curious, beautiful, courageous." "I'm in ruins," he added.

Guillermo del Toro, who was set to direct Yelchin as part of the voice cast for the upcoming Trollhunters, called Yelchin "a great creative partner and artist."

"Our hearts are heavy with this tragic news and Anton's family and friends are in our thoughts," said "Trollhunters" producers Netflix and DreamWorks Animation in a statement."

Kat Dennings, who co-starred with him in "Charlie Bartlett," called Yelchin one of her best friends. Anna Kendrick called the late actor "such a talent."

The likes of Kevin Smith, John Francis Daley,and Jay Baruchel also paid tribute to the actor.

Yelchin died after being pinned between a brick mailbox pillar and his car early Sunday morning. Along with Star Trek, Yelchin was also known for roles in Alpha DogLike Crazy and Terminator Salvation.

His early career included a role as a series regular on the 2004-2006 Showtime series "Huff," in which he co-starred with Hank Azaria as the lead character's the 15-year-old son. Azaria remembered the actor on Sunday as "a very sweet kid."

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