It's been less than two months since beloved Star Trek Beyond actor Anton Yelchin passed away after a freak accident involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee. Since then, lawsuits involving that same vehicle have been filed against the car's manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler, but today, the actor's own parents have filed suit against the auto company. Viktor and Irina Yelchin filed the lawsuit today in Los Angeles, although the auto manufacturer has yet to comment thus far.
TMZ obtained documents filed in today's lawsuit which claims that Yelchin was crushed to death by his vehicle, after leaving the Jeep in park at the top of his driveway, which was on an incline. The lawsuit claims that the death was caused by a defective e-shift gear selector, which caused the vehicle to roll down the driveway and crush the actor, who was said to be "alive for some time" before ultimately suffocating and passing away. Here's what the actor's father had to say at their press conference earlier today.
"Despite our unbelievable grief, we decided to come here to prevent other families from the same tragedy. Anton was our only son and a remarkable human being, very modest, very simple, very honest, generous, loving. It is against nature when the parents bury their own child, that's why we hope that this lawsuit will make other families never go through the hell we're going through."
Anton Yelchin's tragic passing was officially ruled an accidental death. There was no evidence of foul play, and the official cause of death was ruled as "blunt traumatic asphyxia." There had been speculation that the actor's vehicle, which had a recall issued against it, rolled down the hill on its own because of this fatal flaw. A lawsuit was filed last month by the firm Hagens Berman Sobel Shapiro LLP, which specializes in class action lawsuits against Fiat Chrysler because of this defect.
Court filings from today also revealed that Anton Yelchin passed away with out a written will and testament, leaving behind an estate of approximately $1.4 million, with $641,000 in personal property and had $731,000 in equity in his home. The late actor's parents appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday where they were named the administrators of their son's estate. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more details about the tragic death of Anton Yelchin and the lawsuits that have been spawned from his death. Take a look at the video from the press conference below.