Justin Timberlake on 'Alpha Dog' Co-Star Anton Yelchin: 'Gone Way Too Soon'

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Justin Timberlake and Anton Yelchin at the premiere of "Alpha Dog" in Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2007.

"Genius actor. Amazing human being."

Justin Timberlake took to Twitter on Monday afternoon (June 20) to mourn the sudden death of his Alpha Dog co-star Anton Yelchin, who was killed over the weekend in a freak car accident at age 27.

Yelchin was found dead early Sunday morning, pinned between his SUV and a brick mailbox in an apparent car accident. 

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Timberlake and Yelchin worked together on the 2006 film Alpha Dog, in which the singer/actor played Frankie “Nuts” Ballenbacher, the best friend of lead character Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), who befriends Yelchin’s character Zack Markowitz after kidnapping him over a drug debt.

Timberlake tweeted this about his co-star and friend:

Some of Yelchin’s other major roles included Chekov in the new Star Trek movies and Jacob in Like Crazy.