Oct 09 2017

October 09, 2017Author: JasperNo Comments

Anton was commemorated by his family and co-stars yesterday in a touching celebration of his life at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Via People.com, here are some details from the ceremony.

Star Trek co-star, Zoe Saldana, delivered a speech. “It is a bitter sweet moment, because we’re here for Anton, and he’s not here with us,” she said. “But, it alleviates my heart knowing that we’ll keep him alive. We’re going to keep remembering him in the hopes that by practicing all the things he believed in and remembering all the love that he gave us, and all the joy he gave us, we’re able to just keep him here with us,” she said. She also read a chapter on friendship from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran that says, “Ever since I read that chapter about friendship, that is the one thing I always try to seek in people, and when I find human beings who truly understand the meaning of friendship, I’m moved and inspired.”

Fred Parnes, director of the 2000 film A Man Is Mostly Water, also gave a speech. “I’m here to say that we owe it to Anton to lift our souls evermore, to choose celebration, to choose exaltation and jubilation. The longer I live, the more I’m aware of how little I actually know. But I’m absolutely certain that that is what Anton would want. I can hear him say, ‘Yes, dude! Celebrate my life. Do something unexpected in my name, travel the road less taken and then tell me what you found.’ That’s what he would want and I refuse to let him down,” he said.

Anton’s mother, Irina, also delivered a speech, remembering her son as a “beautiful human being,” and mentioned the Anton Yelchin Foundation, which was created in memory of him and helps young artists who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability. She joked a bit as well, saying “Were my son to know we were making him a sculpture, he would said, ‘Mama, you’re laughing at me, right?’ and then he’ll say, ‘Oh, only if it makes you feel better.’”

Among the guests are Jennifer Lawrence (co-star from Like Crazy), Simon Pegg (co-star from Star Trek), Emile Hirsch (co-star from Alpha Dog), Jon Voight (co-star from Court of Conscience), J.J. Abrams (director of Star Trek), Drake Doremus (director of Like Crazy), and Jeremy Saulnier (director of Green Room).

The tribute wall from last year’s Star Trek Las Vegas convention was also on display at the ceremony.

After the celebration, guests gathered in the Garden of Legends for the unveiling of Anton’s statue. It was created by sculptor, Nick Marra, and FX artist, Greg Nicotero.

I have added some photos in our gallery. Some are not that high-quality, but I got what I could get. And it still feels more like a private event, so I only added a fair amount of photos.

 
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