Actor Justin Mentell of Boston Legal Dies

Actor Justin Mentell, a former star of ABC's Boston Legal, died in a car accident in rural Wisconsin on Monday.

He was 27 years old.

The Associated Press confirms that Mentell, who is originally from Waukegan, Illinois, passed away when his Jeep swerved off a steep embankment and hit two trees at about 8:30 a.m. Mentell was not wearing a seatbelt.

The accident is believed to have occurred around 3:30 a.m. and was first reported at 8:30 a.m. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, a farmer spotted the car while driving along a road outside Blanchardville, Wisconsin. Chief Deputy John Pepper told reporters, "It looks like [Mentell] had been there for several hours. There are a lot of trees in that area, so if you were driving on 39, you wouldn't be able to see the vehicle. The farmer was traveling on Moscow Road after the sun came up, and he saw the Jeep in a field."