Celebrities Mourn Death of Verne Troyer

Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

Actor Verne Troyer has died

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film franchise, has died.

A post on his official Facebook page said the actor passed away on Saturday.

Actor Verne Troyer attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The social media post confirming his death said he was "a fighter" and had his share of "battles" during his life, "but unfortunately this time was too much".

Details aren't clear, but apparently, he was hospitalized after cops were called because Verne was drunk and suicidal, and treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Although, Troyer had openly admitted his struggles with alcoholism, taking to Instagram on April 7 addressing the situation.

Other roles included Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Coach Punch Cherkov in Myers' The Love Guru (2008) and Percy in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).

Referencing Troyer's 2-foot-8 frame - he was born with achondroplasia dwarfism - the message continued, "Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he'd be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined".

No cause or place of death was given, but the statement discusses depression and suicide, and Troyer had publicly discussed struggling with alcohol addiction.

Troyer grew up in a small town in MI. "You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside", it said. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world.

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family".

"My parents were told there was nothing that could be done and Dad whisked me away to another hospital, where I was put in an oxygen tent, and thankfully I recovered". Be kind to one another.

He said he nearly died as a baby when his parents found him unresponsive in his crib, having an infection.

"Well, for me, I guess, I don't know what it's like to be tall", he said.

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