Monday, October 23, 2017

Family and ‘Star Trek’ co-stars pay tribute to Anton Yelchin

The late actor Anton Yelchin's mother Irina arranges flowers around a newly unveiled statue of her son during a life celebration and statue unveiling for Yelchin at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles.

AP LogoBY CHRIS PIZZELLO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A statue of Anton Yelchin has been unveiled at a service honoring the late actor’s life that was attended by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and several of his collaborators in the “Star Trek” franchise.

Zoe Saldana spoke of her “Star Trek” co-star during the service Sunday, which was also attended by “Star Trek” co-star Simon Pegg and director J.J. Abrams. Saldana and other speakers, including Yelchin’s parents, addressed guests next to several pictures of the actor showing him as a baby, a young boy, and from his film career.

Other celebrity guests included actors Emile Hirsch and Jon Voight, and directors Drake Doremus and Jeremy Saulnier.

The bronze statue of Yelchin was unveiled at the “Life Celebration” event and is now open for public viewing in the cemetery’s Garden of Legends. It was created by sculptor Nick Marra and FX artist Greg Nicotero.

A mural of Yelchin created by fans at a “Star Trek” convention was also on display at the service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Yelchin was killed in June 2016 at age 27 when he was pinned by his sport utility vehicle after it rolled down the driveway of his Los Angeles home.


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