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Zoe Saldana's heartbreak over Anton Yelchin's death

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Zoe Saldana's heartbreak over Anton Yelchin's death

Zoe Saldana has been left "broken-hearted" by Anton Yelchin's death.

The 38-year-old actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her 'Star Trek' co-star Anton, 27, who died in a freak accident at his home over the weekend when his car rolled backward down his driveway and trapped him against his gate, leading to "blunt traumatic asphyxia".

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."