Walter Koenig Shares A Touching Tribute To Anton Yelchin, His On-Screen Successor In The Star Trek Franchise

In the aftermath of on Sunday, from those who mourned his loss, including friends, family and fans from all over who have been affected by Yelchin’s tragic demise.

over a span of 16 years, including cult hits such as Alpha Dog, Like Crazy and Odd Thomas, but the young star was most well known for starring as Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot franchise.

Walter Koenig, the man who originally played Chekov in the first Star Trek series has joined his fellow celebrities and co-stars to pay respect to his onscreen successor. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Koenig discussed the surprisingly powerful impact that Anton had on him in their one and only meeting together:

“We spoke on a sound stage for about two hours. His reputation as an artist preceded him, however. I knew I was in the presence of a gifted performer.”

Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov

Koenig’s respect for Yelchin’s talent is wholly apparent, but what’s most touching is the personal impression that Anton left on the original Chekov.

“What I learned that day was how bright and sensitive he was. I walked away thinking — this is a good person. My heart goes out to his mother and father. I know what you’re going through.”

Anton Yelchin on the starship Enterprise

Anton Yelchin on the starship Enterprise

Yelchin died at his home after being pinned between his Jeep and a security fence. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office has stated that an exact cause of death will not be announced until an autopsy is complete.

In the meantime, Fiat Chrysler, Jeep’s parent company, has issued a statement in response to of this tragedy, arguing that it’s too premature to determine what happened exactly.

Anton played a core member of the Enterprise crew in both the 2009 Star Trek movie reboot and the sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness alongside Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. Fans of the prolific actor will be able to see him in five more films scheduled for posthumous release, including the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, which opens on July 22.

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