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Anton Yelchin mourned at private funeral

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Anton Yelchin mourned at private funeral

Anton Yelchin has been laid to rest.

According to E! Online the 'Star Trek' actor, who died from "blunt traumatic asphyxia" in a freak accident at his Los Angeles home when his car rolled backward and trapped him against his gate, was mourned at a private service and buried in an "undisclosed location" on Friday (24.06.16) surrounded by close friends and family.

The funeral took place five days after the 27-year-old star's body was found, wedged between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a gate at his home in Studio City, California.

Anton was due at rehearsals but when he failed to show up, his worried friends went to his home to check on him and found his lifeless body.

The tragic death has officially been ruled an accident, however questions were raised over why the vehicle rolled back and whether it was a mechanical or human error.

An investigation is also being held into whether Anton's car was a model that should have been recalled because of a gear-shifting problem.

Meanwhile, since Anton's passing, a host of celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actor.

Zoe Saldana was left "broken-hearted" by her 'Star Trek' co-star's death and took to Instagram to pay tribute.

She wrote: "Your sudden and unexpected departure has left us all broken hearted. I woke up today feeling absolute gratitude that I had you as a friend and colleague. Your life has been cut short, but I will always tell everyone about you. You were kind, present, old souled, curious, brilliant, funny, humble, honest, and undeniably talent. Good bye Anton, it was an honor to have crossed paths with you (sic)."

Russian-born Anton was best known for playing Chekov in the newer 'Star Trek' movies and also previously appeared in 'Alpha Dog' and teen comedy 'Charlie Bartlett'.

And Zoe is not his only 'Star Trek' co-star to pay tribute to the late star.

Zachary Quinto penned a touching message, describing Anton as "enormously talented and generous of heart".

He wrote on Instagram: "our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. so enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief (sic)"

Director J.J. Abrams also hailed the "supremely talented" star and lamented his untimely death.

He wrote on Twitter: "You were brilliant, you were kind, you were funny as hell, and supremely talented.

"And you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you."

And Justin Lin, who has taken over at the helm of 'Star Trek Beyond', admitted he was in "shock" at the tragic news.

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